In addition to our wonderful garden and the blackberries, we have beautiful
grounds, including rose bushes and a pond. Bring the whole family and
enjoy the day picking your own blackberries
Blackberries and vegetable
gardening and home canning
How did this all start?
It all started in 1930 with both of us being born in rural agricultural
Texas and Kentucky.
You cannot take the country life out of a person. Prior to retiring
in 1996 we were self-employed. We owned McMaster's Rice Hull Compost, a soil
substitute for peat moss, and we sold it in Texas over to Florida, up the
Mississippi River for golf green construction.
We still use rice hull compost in gardening and mulching today. It
keeps the weeds down, makes it easy to work the soil, and it provides moisture
So, you will see we are still near
the "mother earth" with our blackberry patch and gardening. Come
see the ole Aggie, class of 1958.
We have a 7 1/2 acre home site and
we have the blackberry patch and garden
are on about 3 acres.
Retirement is fun, work, freedom and mini farming is
good exercise for the body
physically and the mind spiritually. We get plenty of
good FRESH food and we know where
it is coming from. The crops usually
come in mid May and June each
year. During this time of the year May and
we welcome visitors and tours, children are welcome with parents.
are of the thornless type, no stickers, so picking your own is easy and fun
for kids, scout troops, have picnics and pick berries.
Blackberries are high with antioxidants and fiber properties for good
health. Blackberries are good in ice cream, breakfast cereals,
making cobblers, jellies, juice, wine, and by the hand full.
hope you'll come visit us this May and June and pick your own blackberries!
The rice hull compost is still available - do it yourself
bagging, on our farm. Bring your own bags for the compost. Pick up
trucks can be loaded with the compost as well.
What is rice hull compost? It is a completely organic soil conditioner.
Work it into the soil for best results. It helps in aeration, moisture
retention, and it allows drainage. It can be used in flower beds
and vegetable gardens. It's good for rose bushes and shrubs too.
It's not a mulch, but is best when added to the soil. Many golf courses
have built their greens with a growing mix containing rice hull compost.
You can get the same great results in your home gardening projects.
Come See Us in May 2009
Check the BLACKBERRY REPORT