- UC Marin Master Gardener Events & Classes
Garden Help from UC Marin Master Gardeners
- Farmers Markets
- Help Desk
- Proper pruning of wisteria produces a plethora of blossoms
- Compost for every corner of your spring garden
- Paying attention to mushrooms
- Inviting butterflies into the garden
- Growing in your garden now - blueberries
- What's the best way to plant a fruit tree?
- How to protect plants from frost
- What's that plant?
- Bright spots of color help lift the drabness of the winter garden
- Books for Marin gardeners
- Benefits of School Gardens
- Trees: not just nice to look at
- Dealing with mosquitos
- Epilobium – California fuchsia
- Why bees matter, and how you can help
- Picking the Right Plant for the Right Place in Your Garden
- What's That Plant?
- Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh
- Late Summer Color
- Growing Summer Squash
- Short on space? Containers to the rescue...
- Herbs: tough, attractive, practical
- These plants are true companions
- Companion planting in the vegetable garden
- Get Grounded – Healthy Soil Does Matter
- Mushrooms on the March
- Our Gentle Winters are Good for Vegetables
- Rodents like it Warm
- Know What Makes an Invasive Species Invasive
- California Natives - Plant Like a Native
- Consider a Simple Water-Catchment System and Rain Garden/Bioswale Before Winter Rains Arrive
- Have You Scheduled a FREE Bay-Friendly Garden Walk?
- A Green Autumn
- Rx for Pests: Ants
- Fine Tune Your Garden
- Colorful Drought-Tolerant Plants Thrive in Marin
- Water Restrictions and Recognizing Signs of Water Stress
- UC Researcher Is Helping Plants Survive the Drought
- Summer Is Perfect For Peppers
- Do the Leaves on Your Trees Look Scorched?
- Fine Tune Your Garden
- How to Recognize Drought and Water Stress
- Spring is the Time for Potatoes, Asparagus and Citrus
- Don't Let Stink Bugs... Bug Your Vegetables
- Harvesting Berries
- Water Heroes
- Natural Cold Storage
- Fruit Trees; Why We Treat Them in Dormancy
- Fondness for Old Friends
- What Happens to Garden Bad Guys in Winter?
- Plants that aren't blown away by the wind
- A hill o' beans
- Fruit tree thinning
- Fragrant plants: Add some chocolate or Kool-Aid to your garden
- Top 10 resolutions for Marin gardeners
- Trees with interesting bark shine in winter
- Who says your garden has to be green?
- Plant bulbs now for spring beauty
- Gardener's checklist for fall
- Cover crops boost soil in vegetable beds
- Rx: Living with deer
- Growing berries in Marin
- How to build healthy soil
- Gardener's checklist for summer
- Water-saving tips for the home garden
- Gardener's checklist for spring
- Stop the popping - Controlling hairy bittercress
- How to control aphids
- Brightening up the winter garden
- Selecting a fruit tree
- What to plant and harvest in the winter vegetable garden
- Rain, rain, don't go away
- Gardener's checklist for winter
- Getting rid of rats
- Fall: a time for planning and planting
- Asparagus: spears for years
- Lawn: use it or lose it
- Rx for powdery mildew
- Community Outreach Projects of UC Marin Master Gardeners
- Great Gardening Information
- Selecting Plants
- Marin Master Gardener Independent Journal Articles
- How to Become a Master Gardener
Growing berries in Marin
Cane berries: lots of fruit for little effort
Cane berries are easy to grow and require a minimum of maintenance. Here is a guide for growing your own berry patch.
Blackberries come in many varieties, both thorny and thornless. Some are trailing and require a wire support system. Others are erect and can therefore stand a little taller on their own. They grow best with plenty of compost added to the soil and consistent water. Like their untamed cousins that invade our wildlands, blackberries are vigorous and long-lived. For best fruit, provide regular water.
Blackberries should be pruned and trained with care so that they don't become entangled monsters. Cut out all the canes that fruited this year, since they won't fruit again, and preserve some of the new canes, which will fruit next year.
Some good blackberry varieties to try are Apache (thornless), Olallieberry (thorny and trailing), and Triple Crown (thornless and prolific). The blackberries that we see growing wild all over Marin are Himalayas.
Raspberries are a little more dangerous in a garden setting, and not just because they're thorny. While blackberries root on top of the soil where they can easily be plucked out if unwanted, raspberries send canes traveling underground. If you don't want your raspberries to spread, be sure to dig a trench around your raspberry patch and put an impenetrable barrier down a couple of feet. You will never regret that weekend's worth of work.
There are two types of raspberries, both of which are four- to six-foot-tall fountain-shaped shrubs. The summer-bearing type produces one crop in early summer. The everbearing type has one main crop in the fall and a smaller one in early summer. For rabid raspberry lovers, plant a couple of each, but be careful because pruning is a little different for each.
For the summer-bearing crops, cut back all canes that have died and browned out. To get a double harvest from an everbearing patch, cut off the tips of bearing canes in the fall after you've plucked lots of fruit. The following summer they will bear fruit on the uncut parts of the same canes. Cut back these canes to the ground when fruit production stops.
Like their blackberry cousins, raspberries appreciate enriched soil and regular water. They perform best where spring is cool, yet they don't like super foggy areas.
Check out the following varieties: Canby (summer), Caroline and Heritage (everbearing).
Contributors: Elizabeth Finley, Marie Narlock