Last spring, I planted a few different varieties of berries down one side of my yard. I selected Heritage Red raspberries (3 plants), Fall Gold raspberries (2 plants), Ouachita blackberries (3 plants), Arapaho blackberries (1 plant), and Triple Crown blackberries (1 plant). They were young plants from small containers, and they grew fairly well. The raspberries even produced a few handfuls of berries. The blackberries did not because they only fruit on second year canes. They are also thornless varieties.
As they grew, they started to bend over. Most of them were either growing along the ground or close enough that when it rained they would be covered in mud. I had other projects to work on at that time, and building a berry trellis was low on my priority list. I just wanted the plants to establish a good root system.
Last weekend I set three 4"x4" posts 30" deep in the ground. I placed a shovel-full of coarse gravel at the base of each hole to help with drainage and used a bit of quick setting concrete in each hole. I pre-drilled the edge posts with holes for hardware and drilled holes all the way through the middle posts where I could run the wire rather than attaching more hardware.
|Three-tier berry trellis for blackberries and raspberries.|
|Additional hardware to keep the other end of the wire from slipping.|
|Heritage Red raspberries loosely tied to the first and second tier of the berry trellis.|
|Ouachita blackberry plant attached to the trellis.|
There's one additional advantage to the trellis. It'll be alot harder for my dogs to pull berries off the plants. I caught both dogs eating raspberries off the canes last fall. The sweet berries must've been worth the pain because those raspberry canes are sharp!
And here's one last thought. If you've never eaten a fresh yellow/gold raspberry, try to find a place that grows them. Your taste buds will thank you.