Berries – Management and Growing

Q: I recently started purchasing food from our local farmer’s market. Now I’m inspired to start my own garden. What kind of blackberries and raspberries would you recommend for southeast Georgia?

A: ‘Kiowa’ and ‘Gem’ are good blackberries. ‘Caroline’ and ‘DormanRed’ are excellent raspberries. Space plants two feet apart in a row. Management is easier if you install a heavy wire running horizontally four feet above the plants. Tie the canes to the wire to make harvesting and pruning less difficult. Fertilize in April and June each year.