Last week, I noticed that our blackberries had the blues… well actually orange rust. Shriveled leaves that looked as if someone had gone wild with a can of blaze-orange spray paint. A quick check in the growing-guide-book on berries instructed my weekend: cut them all out, start a fire, burn everything that had the least bit of orange color on it. With a close inspection this went from those obvious orange leaves to cankered canes and new sprouts looking as if they had been dusted with paprika. By the time I was done, 98% of the blackberry bramble was gone. I flame-weeded the ground twice (before & after raking the leaves and mulch out from the area) for a controlled burn. We will see what grows back. At least our other berry brambles are clear…
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