As I see the blackberries ripen into these gorgeous, juicy berries I wonder if the birds are going to eat them like they ate my early raspberry crop. Last winter I created straw-bale cold frames using row covers-one heavier material and one lighter. The heavier material protected the plants to a lower temperature so I didn’t use the lighter row cover. I just stored it for future use and now I am seeing a use for it!
The Blackberries Look Delicious-Big, Beautiful and Juicy
After my experience with the raspberries in the early summer I knew the birds would find the blackberries very attractive and delicious! I decided to cover them with the lighter row cover to protect the blackberries and save them for us! Bird netting is also available for this purpose but I haven’t tried it. The lighter row cover is made to protect plants from summer pests. It doesn’t allow heat to build up underneath because it is so light. I have the blackberries and raspberries growing in large tomato cages so I draped the row cover around the cage and fastened it at the top with clothespins. I leave small openings in the top for air circulation.
Take Off the Row Cover to Harvest the Berries
Every day or so I go out and take it off and harvest the blackberries. With all the ripe blackberries picked I leave it off for a day or two to give the plant some air. Then I wrap them back up. It is working like a charm. I don’t think the birds are too happy about this though! My next batch of raspberries are also almost ready so I wrapped those also. You can click on the link below to purchase the row covers from Amazon.