Friday, June 5, 2009

Growing Raspberries

Let me start by saying that we have a small back yard.  When we plant something new, we give it considerable thought.  We decided to plant raspberries because we like them, but we almost never bought them at the store.  Organic raspberries are $3-$5 dollars for one of those little plastic containers, they’re just too expensive.  Then what do you do with all of those plastic containers? They don’t recycle them where we live.  So, we planted raspberries.  I wonder why we lived without them for so long.  Unlike the the blackberries (a whole other story for another time), raspberries start producing ripe fruit in May, where we live, and continue producing through November.

I have to tell you, if  going to plant raspberries, beware.  Those things spread, and new plants start showing up very quickly.  Just make sure that you have the space, or do some reading on how to control them.  The plan was to tie them to the wire fence, but we never got around to it.  We started with one plant last spring, and now look at it. I think it would take over the world if we let it.  We are constantly digging up new starts.  These raspberries are very prolific.  
I love going out to the garden, early in the morning, to pick ripe raspberries for my oatmeal.

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