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Black berries or raspberries

 
Crystal Walker
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We live on only 1/4 of an acre, I am trying to fit what I can into it, and would love to find more perennials that will grow each year and provide food. We love berries, our area is not suitable for blue berries sadly, but I have heard black berries and raspberries will grow, the only thing I am worried about it them taking over, is there any way to help them stay in one area? I don't want them to take over and would feel bad if they migrated into our neighbors yard. Any tips? Are there other bush berries that don't spread that will live in a basic soil (we have very basic soil and water here and I have been told its almost impossible to get it more acidic)
 
Todd Parr
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Mine spread pretty slowly and simple mowing keeps them in place.

I started honeyberry bushes a few years ago and mine produced just a few berries this year, but they are good and as far as I know, they don't spread.
 
S Bengi
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I wonder which one:
a) stores better
b) gives a higher price per pint
c) Is more productive at your site
d) Requires the least amount of labor and other inputs
e) Gives the best net profit.

I do know that:
1) blackberries sucker wherever/whenever the growing tip touches the ground, you can trellis to prevent this
2) raspberry suckers from underground roots that you can mow down to curtail

Why not plant both for 3 years and see which one performs best.
 
Robert Ray
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I have had good luck with raspberries and honeyberries, Honeyberries are extremely hardy.
If you plant blackberries with your raspberries make sure you have some distance between the two.
Blueberries in containers may be an option. I'm fortunate enough to have the ability to grow them here and they are more prolific then the honeyberries but the honeyberries are not as old so that may change. Currants and aronia berries do well and this year I have a few starts from a plant that my friend identified as "candle berry" something I'm not familiar with but I never turn down a free shrub.
You don't indicate where you are located so with that info others may be able to offer more area specific input.
Blueberries raspberries and honeyberries are easy to propogate from cuttings so with minimal planning you can really build up your number of plants.
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