How to grow blackberries
Plant pot-grown or bare root canes (30cm tall woody stems). Space blackberry plants 2.5 to 4m apart.
Choose well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered site.
Water and mulch your blackberry bushes. Tie canes to horizontal wires for extra support.
Cut fruited canes to soil level in the autumn, leave non-fruiting canes (ie those that grew in the current season) to fruit next year after overwintering.
Harvesting and using blackberries
Pick your blackberries when they are fully coloured. If you have a glut, blackberries make excellent jam or compote, and freeze well, although they are likely to lose their structure when defrosting.
Tips on growing blackberries and hybrid berries
Train 'fruiting' and 'non-fruiting' canes in opposite directions to make it easier to pick and prune.