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Adding soil to blackberry bed

Posted by CaraRose 5b (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 14, 13 at 17:02

I built my blackberry/raspberry raised bed the fall before last season. The soil in the bed has settled quite a bit. I was thinking of just adding more soil in on top (something like 2" of soil and 2" of mulch), but was wondering if the plants might be unhappy to be buried deeper or not?

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RE: Adding soil to blackberry bed

Hi Cara. I add new soil to my beds every other year and add new mulch as well. It hasn't hurt the plants yet, and I have 12 of them in my bed. MrsG

RE: Adding soil to blackberry bed

4 inches of added soil/mulch will not bother caneberries, it would make them happier if it contained some composted manure.

Do it well before or after new canes emerge in the spring as tool or other activity can easily damage the new sprouts.

RE: Adding soil to blackberry bed

Thanks guys :)

RE: Adding soil to blackberry bed

I'm going to piggy-back on this post and ask the resident experts:

Can you bury the crown of a semi-erect blackberry like Chester/Triple Crown?

I have a blackberry plant or two that have "settled" deeper than I planted them last year. The plants are sitting lower than the soil line, but the plants moved down with the soil. If I add soil to get the soil line up flat the crown of the plants will be somewhat buried. Will this hurt them?

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