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July 18, 2014

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

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.

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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