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January 15, 2021 (Mt. Helix) -- Global warming and climate change are affecting growing seasons.  ECM editor Miriam Raftery was surprised to find ripe blackberries in mid-January in her backyard on Mt. Helix in unincorporated La Mesa. Blackberries normally ripe in midsummer and go dormant in winter, but this vine never lost its leaves.

Several readers have shared that they were startled by mid-winter harvests of peppers and tomatoes this month.

If you would like to try planting blackberry vines at your home, choose the San Diego Blackberry variety sold at major nurseries and home improvement centers with nurseries across our region.

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Right now I don't have any berries growing in my back yard. I think I might start growing them.


There were blackberries grownig along a fence when I lived on Kempf street in LG. They were as tasty and sweet as ones I picked in Oregon.