The autumn is a great time of the year – it heralds the start of a season of festivities, with Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas all to enjoy, and many of us enjoy the chance to update our wardrobes and treat ourselves to some suitable clothing for the cooler months such as these mens designer jackets.
Despite the cooler temperatures and the shorter days, there are lots of great things to look forward to in the autumn – one of these favourites with both adults and children alike is blackberry picking.
During August, the blackberries start to ripen, and they should be picked when they are black as they do not continue to ripen once they are picked. They are in abundance around the woodlands and countryside areas of the UK at this time of the year, so if you know of a spot keep an eye on the berries to see when they are ready.
You will know when the berries turn black rather than red, it is time to go blackberry picking! Take some suitable pots and containers with a lid if possible to traveling and go out and pick them – remember especially with children to take care as blackberry plants ado have sharp thorns on them, as well as other plants that grow around them like stinging nettles.
Once picked you can make a range of tasty treats from blackberry jam to a crumble – you can also freeze blackberries so don’t feel you need to use them all at once if you have been lucky enough to harvest a lot!