Carl Costas / Bee file

Sacramento Connect: Best of Blogs

Published: Saturday, Jun. 1, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 12CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 3, 2013 - 7:57 am

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings: sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com

Bill Bird of Natomas, author of Sacramento Vegetable Gardening, enjoys a berry good backyard bounty:

"One crop to react positively to an early spring rush of hot weather? Blackberries. They are large. They are luscious. They represent one of the best 'impulse' purchases that Bill Bird has ever made. This is the Arapaho Thornless Blackberry vine. Unlike many other thornless vines that need support in the form of a trellis or fence, the Arapaho resembles a small tree with a thick central cane system that keeps the plant upright. …

"I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that spring and summer blackberries are the absolute bomb. The days of plants with thorns the size and sharpness of switchblades are long gone. Horticulture has rewarded us with all sorts of berry options, minus the thorns. Got a small and ignored spot in the yard? Plant berries."

Read more and see photos at: http://sacramentogardening.blogspot.com

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