“When fully ripe a gentle tug will pull the blackberry fruit from the plant. If it doesn’t come away from the plant easily it isn’t ripe yet. Ripe fruit is rather soft and will stain your fingers purple.” Excerpted from “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?” by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth. Timber Press, December, 2013. Click here to pre-order your copy of the book.