The best tips for growing raspberries in your backyard vegetable garden.
Learn how to plant, care for, prune, and harvest raspberries when home gardening.
Plant raspberries as an edible border if you are short of gardening space.
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Of all the delicious fruits grown in the home garden, raspberries are the most productive.
This is an added bonus because planting raspberries at home is about the only way to get them to the dinner table in perfect condition.
The small red fruit is difficult to raise and ship commercially because they are so easy damaged during handling.
Usually raspberries ripen in midsummer on canes that grew the previous year.
You can select the variety Durham, an everbearing type that produces two crops of berries annually.
One crop is harvested in early fall and another the following summer from the same cane.
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An ideal spot for growing raspberry plants is in a perennial fruit and vegetable garden.
Other plants to consider planting are blueberries, asparagus, perennial onions, and strawberries.
Set perennials according to height in rows or blocks.
If you are short of gardening space, but want to include raspberries, consider planting a border of raspberry plants.
Choose a sunny, well-drained location.
Full sun is preferred by the growing raspberries although growing raspberries will tolerate a few hours of daily shade.
The garden bed should be well drained.
After the initial fertilizing when preparing the beds, give the plants an annual feeding of 10-10-10 fertilizer at a rate of 1 pound to 10 feet of row.
Set out 1-year canes about 2 ½ feet apart.
As the canes become established, each one forms several suckers.
Eventually a single row will become 3 to 4 feet wide.
Pull up wandering suckers to keep the row within its limits.
Remove any thin, weak stems that emerge.
This helps make the patch more manageable by making it easier to reach the inner berries and to prune the canes.
Pruning raspberry plants is simple once you get the hang of it!
If you have to tug at the berries when picking them, it means they are not ripe.
The raspberries should slip easily from the stems at harvest time.
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