Gordon Skrede unloads mulch from under a cypress tree in his Garden of Eaton at his home in Golden Gate Estates. Skrede said that the mulch he uses retains water better than the soil in Southwest Florida so that his acre-and-a-half of brazos blackberries can flourish. He also said it is the only commercially grown blackberries in South Florida. 'There is a sense of pride in this,' Skrede said.

Photo by GREG KAHN, Daily News

Gordon Skrede unloads mulch from under a cypress tree in his Garden of Eaton at his home in Golden Gate Estates. Skrede said that the mulch he uses retains water better than the soil in Southwest Florida so that his acre-and-a-half of brazos blackberries can flourish. He also said it is the only commercially grown blackberries in South Florida. "There is a sense of pride in this," Skrede said.

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