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Garden raspberries?.it?s the berries..

One of the oddest euphemisms in the English language is, ?It?s the berries!? The connotation is that ?it?s? something bad, while any berry garden keeper will tell you that growing red or black raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries in the flower and fruit gardening guides home garden is anything but bad!

Common problems growing garden raspberries.

Probably the worst problem with growing red or black raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries is their vigorous growth once they are established. One method of simplifying garden raspberry and blackberry care is to plant them along a hedgerow trellis. Strawberries may also be grown on a trellis, but since they have some unique characteristics, we?ll focus here on trellising garden raspberries.

Both raspberries and blackberries are in the genus Rubus and members of the rose (Rosaceae). Foliage, flowers, and fruit all grow along the length of the plant?s cane. One of the most important parts of growing both raspberries and blackberries is proper care of the canes according to their growth year. First year canes are primocanes and devote themselves to foliage growth and root establishment. In the second year, primocanes are renamed floricanes. They are the canes that flower and bear fruit. Since garden raspberries are a biennial plant, after the second year, the floricane withers and dies. After harvest, they should be promptly removed and destroyed. This is also a good time to prune primocanes and thin new growth, readying your raspberry stand for the next season.

Trellising garden raspberries and blackberries will keep them contained to a hedgerow, simplifying both husbandry and harvests. A trellis also gives floricanes, which become heavy with fruit, extra support in windy conditions. A garden raspberry trellis can be as simple as a couple of posts with two strands of twine tied at each end or a permanent system constructed of heavy posts, crossbars and wire.

How to make a garden raspberry trellis.

To make a trellis using twine, space posts ten to twelve feet apart. Tie two strands of twine to the posts at the beginning of your hedgerow, then loop the twine strands around the next post and tie them. Continue along the length of your hedgerow until securing the twine to the end posts. For additional support, the twine strands can be knotted about every two feet. Position the canes between the twine strands and loosely tie the canes to the strands.
This type of trellis keeps your garden raspberry hedgerow then and very easy to manage.

Or you can construct a ?T-Trellis?

If you prefer a wider hedgerow, you may want to construct a wire ?T-Trellis?. Place posts at fifteen to twenty foot intervals with cross arms (the ?T?) to support wires space 24 to 28 inches apart. When constructing a wire trellis for your garden raspberries, be sure to use a heavy enough gauge wire so that it will not cut into the canes.

In addition to simplifying cultivation, growing garden raspberries on a trellis will add to the beauty of your garden while keeping berries cleaner and easier to pick.


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