Growing on the High Plains: Blackberry Days

May 28, 2020

Berries grow well on the High Pains, even though they take a little time.

Decades ago, when planning a landscape for our prairie home, there were a few things we wanted to make sure we had on the grounds. In addition to the need for shelter belts and a desire for various gardens, we also included plenty of space for an orchard. Anyone who attempts to grow tree fruits on the High Plains knows that it can often times feel like a fool's errand. But while the rewards are few and far between, the sheer delight in creating jams, jellies, cobblers and pies makes it all worth it. For me, adding berry brambles, briars and thickets to our garden has brought forth even more bounty—as well as memories of my childhood.