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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Raspberries



My raspberries.

They came to me in the early spring of 2012, three sticks with a few roots attached at one end.

I planted them in an area where I had previously planted some shrubs on the edge of the Vegetable Garden Cathedral.

Who wants shrubs on the edge of a vegetable garden? I decided I didn't. I decided the edge of the garden is a good place for fruits and berries.

I watered my raspberry sticks, and they began to grow and I began to think of all the berries I would be eating. Even though raspberries fruit on second year canes, these raspberries, a variety call 'Caroline', were everbearing. I was hopeful that I would have some berries to pick in the later half of the growing season.

Whew, I am getting long-winded here. If I don't get on with it, the garden fairies will take over. Let me conclude.

The raspberries struggled through the drought of '12 and produced a handful of berries toward the end of the season. They looked pretty bad in the fall. In the spring, I cut back all the canes that had produced fruit, leaving just a few stragglers. By mid summer, my raspberries where tall and lush and growing with abandon. I did not get any early fruiting but now I am reaping a harvest like none before.

Raspberries! Raspberries! Who will eat my raspberries?

I will, and gladly.

8 comments:

Lea said...

A beautiful harvest there on the bench by the Butterfly Bush.
Have a wonderful week!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Angie said...

You've got my mouth watering! Those raspberries look delicious.

dorothy said...

It must be so nice to enjoy the fruits of your labor! I hope you are enjoying a bit of a cool down in our area.
The weather forecast here calls for possible sprinkles later in the day, a rare occurence here!

Deanne Fortnam said...

They look wonderful! Some yummy!

ProfessorRoush said...

Nice Raspberries! I'm not familiar with 'Caroline'

LostRoses said...

I just paid $1.88 for a pint of raspberries and that was a smoking' deal. Bet they won't be as good as yours. Maybe I'll take them outside and let them warm up in the sun and I can pretend like I picked them.

Helen Malandrakis said...

Yummy!

RobinL said...

Now you've done it. Where can I put in raspberry canes?