Raspberries are a soft fruit that is easy to grow, easy to use and easy to eat. Raspberries are loved by gardeners, chefs and children.
• Sunny, although will cope with partial shade.
• Must be well drained.
• Do not like chalky soil.
• Clear the soil of all weed roots.
• Any time between November and March, when the ground is frost free.
• Always buy raspberry plants certified free of virus diseases.
• Plant in rows running North to South.
• Plant canes 45 cm apart apart
• In a large hole big enough to hold the roots spaced out. Cover the roots with 8 cm soil so that they are quite shallow. Firm the soil down well.
• Then cut back the stems to just above a bud about 23 cm above ground level.
• In March spread 3 handfuls of general fertiliser per plant along the row.
• Mulch thickly (about 8 cm) in late March to retain soil moisture and to prevent weed growth.
• Tie new canes into the supports as they grow.
• Remove weeds as they appear. Pull out any suckers that appear out of the row line.
• Keep the row moist by watering when needed. Water well during harvest to get juicy berries.
• Protect the fruit from birds with netting.
• When summer fruiting varieties have finished harvest, cut all the old canes ( that have had fruit) down to ground level. Select 2 or 3 of the strongest new canes that have grown during the summer & tie them in. Cut all the other new canes out at ground level.
• Autumn fruiting raspberries are pruned in February. Cut all the canes down to ground level.
• Summer fruiting varieties in June & July. Autumn raspberries fruit in September & October.
• Pick the berries when they are ripe.
• Pull the berries off the core with fingers wrapped gently round the berry
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