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 links above to purchase the row covers or netting from Amazon. Or you can go directly to Gardeners Supply Company, put in row cover or bird netting in the search bar and buy it directly. They are having a great sale right now.