Blackberry Perma-Culture Project

Posted on by Surprise Highway

Elisabeth Esterer-Vogel, a second year  Landscape Architecture graduate student in the UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture Department is working on a special LA 299 project.  She is investigating methods of perma-culture & education in public gardens. She has recently been working on reclaiming an area of the cottage garden that had been overtaken by invasive Himalayan blackberries and replaced them with  three species of cultivated, edible blackberries. The cultivars are Navajo, Ollalie berry, and Boysenberry. She first had to eradicate the invasive blackberries, double dig the clay soil area and amend the soil with compost that we are making on the site.