|My friend Cyndee has plenty of room for her blackberry bushes.|
When you only have a small space to grow food in, every plant has to earn its keep. No slackers allowed! After visiting my friend Cyndee's garden and seeing her beautifully pruned and trained blackberry bushes, I realized I didn't have the space to dedicate to blackberries, even on a smaller scale. Even after pruning and support, my bushes needed more room and attention than I was willing to give.
|Even after pruning and support these bushes are out of control. Somewhere under all that is rhubarb.|
Over the years I have tried growing lots of different plants. Some of them thrive and blend seamlessly into the garden, while others just don't work in the space, sun exposure, or garden design. I don't like removing healthy plants but the process is all about learning which plants are going to be happy and in turn will make you happy. It's kind of like dating! When its not working any more its time to say goodbye.
|Blackberry root and shoot|
|Blackberry root with multiple shoots|
The crowns were the last to go.
|There are my rhubarb plants!|
I'm sure I have missed some of the roots and will have to keep an eye out for rogue shoots in the spring. What will I grow in the now empty space? I'm not sure, but the rhubarb will be happier and happy rhubarb makes me happy.