So far, all of my “rain barrel ideas” are working. I have been able to connect, reconnect, add, and arrange the barrels according to the berries. There is still more work that needs to be done, but that can wait until the fall. I say that because a lot of time is being spent collecting berries, which is the most important activity since the season will only last for about another two weeks.
As you can see in the picture, I have cut a 55 gallon barrel in half to make a “rain station” for a row of berries. Each row is about 25 ft long and are made out of composted dirt, mountain dirt, and fallen trees. It’s a simple process …. the water fills up in my bigger “rain stations” then I use a hose to fill up all of the smaller barrels. Once there, I can water the berry rows. For the most part, it works, but the BUGS think my barrels are mini water parks.
Luckily, I had to re-screen my porch this summer and I had left over screen, so I folded a piece once, and used a staple gun to attach it to the barrels …. PERFECT SOLUTION! Of course we have some bugs getting into the “rain stations” but it’s not as bad as I thought. It will just make me think of another idea to fix that problem!
We still can’t decide if we want to try and plant enough berries for a “Pick Your Own” or not, but whenever we visit different “berry farms” in the area, the excitement to start a “Pick Your Own” gets us talking and thinking about it again. We have gone to a blueberry farm twice already, picking a total of 10 gallons. We are freezing most of them, but I’m sure we have eaten at least a gallon already.
Now, we have 100 blueberry plants, but that isn’t hardly enough to start a “Pick Your Own”. Plus, we would have to pay for the plants, and even though we are getting them pretty cheap, the goal of this “berry adventure” is to save money, not spend it. Also, there are about three blueberry farms in the area, so we would have too much competition and we would be spending money.
Blackberries and raspberries sprout up everywhere, and most of the time, we end up giving plants away, but if we could continue putting these plants into the ground, then there might be a better chance of use building and creating a “Pick Your Own” blackberry or raspberry farm. The blackberries seem to be the natural choice because they are durable and don’t have any thorns.
I guess “TIME WILL ONLY TELL”, but until then, I guess we will still planting and taking trips to the different berry farms to get more ideas. The best thing about the newest place we visited was that each gallon was half the price of other berry farms in the area, which makes you already feel like you are getting a deal!
We have picked the strawberries, we have picked the raspberries, and we have picked some blueberries, but we haven’t picked the BLACKBERRIES yet!
These are one of my favorites, and lucky for us, we have tons more BLACKBERRIES than anything else, both wild and “tamed” ones. The best thing is that we have more “tamed” ones , so that means we can just dive into the rows without worrying about the dreaded THORNS!
Hopefully, the process will work like this …. rain at night, sun all day, and pick during the evening! If that occurs, then we will have plenty of BIG BERRIES to eat and freeze!