Several months back I built new raised beds and transplanted blackberry plants we brought from the farm. Well after months of watching these beds struggle to fit in I decided their location wasn’t to my liking.
You see I had a vision to create a relaxing space that offered a green privacy wall with a fire pit and boy was I itching to get started.
But it was August then out of the blue the weather cooled for several days and I was inspired to act and began moving these beds to a new location.
Inspiration to Move Blackberry Plants
August is the worst time of year to transplant anything and it’s a huge no, no! So, what happens when inspiration strikes at the wrong time of year? Well you wait till those cool evening hours arrive, grab a shovel and start moving dirt.
This project wasn’t something that happened overnight, it actually took me a couple weeks to get the beds moved because other things kept coming up that needed my attention. I actually messed up some of the beds as I dragged them and had to flip a few of the outside boards.
Robert just looked at me and said, “you work too hard.” of course, I responded with, “Look who’s talking!” I wouldn’t let him help either because I wanted to see this vision through by myself.
Once the beds were moved and the berries were transplanted it was time to order gravel.
It rained and then it rained some more which means we had to wait for the road to dry out before they could deliver. So, another week went by and finally a dry weekend arrived.
Once the gravel arrived I started scooping wheel barrow loads to fill in the center. I also blended the entrance to the RV with the rock walk path to join this entire space; it came together just as I knew it would and what a blessing.
Once the beds were moved and set in place the next step was to get these plants trailing.
Originally, I was going to use wood, then rope and ended up using wire.
The rope looked really neat but it’s been so humid I couldn’t get it pulled tight enough before it started sagging again; this led me to the wire which works great.
Adding the Wire
This was a very simple step and I added four strands to each raised bed at 13 in. a part; all you need is a drill with a bit and a pair of wire cutters.
- Measure the distance mark and drill holes on each side.
- Thread the wire through and wrap around the end to connect.
- Then pull tight and wrap around to the other side so you create a trellis.
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Final pieces of inspiration
Dixie’s dog house also got a new paint job to match the shed and the next step is to decide on a fire pit and make a few more storage boxes that will also work as seating. We’re all about dual purpose around here which has been fun.
I even added a couple solar lights at the end of two beds because it’s pretty dark when nightfall arrives.
To sum up I basically created a fun outdoor sitting area that will eventually include a fire pit with seating. The blackberry beds were used to frame in the space and the plants will also work as a green privacy wall.
It’s really nice to wake up in the morning, walk outside and see this space first. It makes me smile and reminds me that sometimes you can break a few gardening rules and end up with something pretty amazing.
If you like these raise beds and want to build your own read here.