Originally Posted by jerryse
Black raspberries , trailing blackberries and dewberries do this naturally . Yes the canes bow as they grow and touch the ground and the tips root .
I've been trying to do this with my thornless blackberry because we got such a great crop from it I want to plant another one. I thought I would be clever 🙄 And bend it till it touched into a pot so I didn't even have to dig it up to move it. So far that hasn't worked great as it keeps popping back out. Been about a month of trial and error and think if it hasn't taken next time I check I'll give up and just bury the darn thing in the ground lol
Well I put a front on my compost bed so it no longer falls out onto my new gravel path I'm building and now need to put together the timber I bought to build up my raised bed some more. I have a bad time with wet soil when winter hits. You sink if you walk down near my vege garden over winter so trying something I hope works. I've put a layer of gravel in the bottom of the bed, then stapled a layer of that fabric you put round your drainage lines over that (geo fabric). Then I'm making the sides higher and filling with soil. I'm crossing my fingers any ground water will keep travelling through the gravel and the soil above will then be able to drain down and away too. Fingers crossed 🙂
It's been a pretty big job because I've hauled most of the dirt and gravel and done the building myself but the vege garden is the best I've had in years. Only part way there but feel like I'm getting somewhere at last so am not dreading winter quite as much as normal :-). I've had grass and half the year it's too wet to mow it so it goes to seed and weed and is a mess. We have had termites in the house twice so not game to use wood chips that close so thus the cheap blue metal.
Along the fence in the distance I'm going to try making a orchard of sorts all in pots so they are up enough not to get wet feet over winter and to screen our neighbours. So far I've got an Avacado and an olive which are both loving their home made air root trimming pots. ($20 each blue empty iodine barrels from the feed store cut in half with holes drilled around them.)
I seem to be beating the fruit fly by picking the tomatoes the second they show any sign of going red and letting them ripen on my kitchen windowsill. I'm still getting the odd one is maggots when I cut it when ripe but the chooks don't seem to mind :-). I've never had much luck growing things like stone fruit because of them but this is the first year they have got into my tomatoes.Edited by appps - 1/1/16 at 5:23pm