Blackberry & Raspberry Success!

What a difference a year makes!  Two years ago we put in the food garden including the berry bed. Berries gone wild!
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the first year they sleep – March 2012 – new berries are just little sticks

The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they LEAP
We gardeners all have seen this in action in our own gardens.
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– the second year they creep -2013 early summer, I planted lots of other things around the berries to cover the soil.

The berry bed is a concrete raised bed about 3.5 ‘ wide and about 15 feet long. There is a trellis and wire to hold the berries gone wild from taking over the pathways. 

raspberry flowers and berries

raspberry flowers and berries

I don’t know why we bother to read the suggestions about how close plants should be placed, but for whatever reason we keep reading and then totally disregarding the advice. At the time, it seemed like a good idea to plant double the recommendations for spacing raspberry varieties and the thornless blackberries.

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the third year they leap! 2014

They are proving to be very vigorous.  Just how much trouble could these vines get into?  They are in a concrete bed… that’ll keep them fenced in… right?   Now – They are 5 to 6 feet tall and there are just a few hints of the raspberries looking to set up housekeeping outside of the bed.  Lots of buzzing bees are blanketing the billions and billions of flowers (ok – so billions is an exaggeration – but there are a lot!)

We are looking forward to lots of berries this year. Can’t wait to taste the thornless blackberries. More on that after the taste test.

Plant buying tip: We bought berry plants from local nurseries and Raintree. The plants from rain tree were by far the most vigorous, and they have an amazing selection of edibles. 

Growing tips: We mulched every fall with a compost / fine bark mix.  I also threw a few coffee grounds in the garden, when I thought of it. 

About ourhomeinthewoods

I am a wife, mother and nana to an amazing little girl! My husband and I have been working on a huge DIY project for since 1999 and for the foreseeable future. A great house and garden on almost 10 acres in the beautiful, scenic Snoqualmie Valley in the Pacific Northwest. We are very enthusiastic amature gardeners and do-it-yourselfers. We also try to balance great results with great economy, or in other words, we love saving money. The more we save, the more we can spend on more great plants!
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