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This week in the garden: harvesting and freezing blackberries (VIDEO)

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, July 18, 2014, at 9:15 p.m.

How To Harvest Blackberries

Hands-free container helps

Master gardener Everett Price is harvesting blackberries from his garden in Haysville as they ripen, when their shiny surfaces turn dull. Everett puts a tall plastic container around his neck to leave his hands free for picking. The container has a hole punched into it at each side near the top, so that a cord can be tied to it for hanging around the neck.

Once he’s picked the berries, Everett transfers them to a shallow bowl so they don’t get squashed. To freeze any that won’t be eaten right away, he places the berries in a single layer on food-dehydrator trays, then stacks the trays for going into the freezer. Once the berries are frozen, they can be transferred to plastic bags for storage in the freezer.

Plant a Row for the Hungry

If you have too many blackberries or any other fruit or vegetable, you can donate them at their height to the needy through Plant a Row for the Hungry. Produce can be dropped off at these locations during business hours:

Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas; Augusta Ace Home Center, 316 W. Seventh, Augusta; Brady Nursery, 11200 W. Kellogg; Hillside Nursery, 2200 S. Hillside; Hillside Feed and Seed, 1805 S. Hillside; Johnson’s Garden Centers, 802 N. Ridge Road, 21st and Woodlawn, 2707 W. 13th St.; and Valley Feed & Seed, 1903 S. Meridian.

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