Growing your own raspberries
With the exception of strawberries, probably nothing brings thoughts of summer days to mind quite like the taste, or scent of raspberries. Full of vitamins and minerals, this delicious fruit follows hot on the heels of the strawberry crop. With ever-bearers, and both summer and autumn fruiting varieties, you can have a four month long picking season.
Growing this fruit needs space, but is not too time consuming after planting. Select a sheltered, sunny position and incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or compost a month before planting. The best time for planting your raspberry plantis October, but autumn fruiting varieties can be planted through until March. Water well, this is a thirsty crop. When you plant them allow at least 35cm (14") between canes, and feed with a high potash fertiliser (a tomato feed will be ideal).
- Feed Raspberry Plants with a general fertiliser in March and mulch with a thick layer of well rotted manure or compost and remove any suckers.
- Summer fruiting plants will require support.
- Plant a modern thornless raspberry variety to avoid the need to wear armoured gloves when harvesting. There are also some beautiful yellow fruited cultivars on the market that have a unique flavour, and good yields.
- Don't want to wait for your first crop? Why not buy longer raspberry canes with year old fruiting wood that will give you fruit in the first year.