Wild Blackberries and Purslane
I have wild blackberries in my yard that I fight all the time (growing through deck and coming farther and farther into my yard).
I love eating blackberries but the wild ones are so invasive. Is there a simple and natural way to confine/contain them and permanently get rid of the ones that spring up all over my yard in all the wrong places?
I was also wondering if purslane should be added to your edible perennials list? I don't know whether it is an annual (some new varieties are I think), or just readily reseeds itself, but I love the stuff either cooked, or raw in salads.
Many consider it invasive, but the wild purslane that grew in my garden years ago had shallow roots that didn't usually interfere with any the plants in our veggie garden, and when they did, they were really easy to pull/dig up. I have seen some cultivated varieties that are supposed to be less invasive and have larger leaves; however, I prefer the wild ones and am having a hard time finding some to plant in my current yard/garden.
Thank you and have a great day!
Jeanette Ward :)
Hi, Jeanette --
Blackberries mostly spread by dropping their seeds, so if you keep the area around them cleaned up of dropped fruit this will help curb their spread a great deal.
For plants that go where you don't want them (I have the same problem in my garden!), the best way to deal with that is to dig the plant up when it is young and move it to where you want it (or give it to your animals for feed, or sell the plant, or compost it, or whatever you want to do).
Purslane is an annual succulent ... but thanks for the reminder! I absolutely adore purslane (it tastes wonderful in stews), but I had forgotten to put it on the annuals list!
Anyone have other suggestions for Jeannette about her blackberry bush problem?