Raspberries

Raspberries, freshly picked

It all started with 10 raspberry canes I bought from Groupon in 2015. When they arrived, they were just 10 bare sticks with little roots, at first I wanted to discard them but I have decided to plant them near a fence just to see if anything happens. They did get some foliage but no fruits in the first year.

Raspberries plants

In 2016, we had quite a nice little harvest but in 2017 we had an explosion of fruits, harvesting every other day an entire bowl of perfectly shaped, large raspberries.

Raspberries, freshly picked

Rsspberries, freshly picked

The raspberries were the first in the garden to get a nice green foliage early in the year, despite the cold weather and the canes grew taller than the fence (over 6’).  Early fruiting canes, in May we were already harvesting raspberries up to mid-July.

Raspberries plants

Raspberries plants

Raspberries

Raspberries

Every year we must cut the old canes after they’re done making fruits as new canes are growing for the following year. They also keep multiplying, the canes developed very strong roots that generates new plants so now we have almost 20 new canes that will produce fruits in the next year.

Raspberries new plants

We had to thin them and pulled out of the ground many plants, I wish that other fruits and vegetables plants would grow and multiply as much as these raspberries!  They need very little care, bamboo sticks for support, watering once a week or maybe less, depending on how much it rains, the only issue was with aphids that invaded the plants early in the year but that was taken care of with a natural insecticide.

Now in August, there are no more fruits, the old canes have been removed and the new canes are growing strong. Looking forward to next year’s harvest.

Here’s a lady bug that helped by eating the aphids 🙂

Lady Bug on raspberries

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