The Lazy Guide to Growing Raspberries
Buy some raspberries at a store, order them online, or adopt from a friend. Friends will most likely hand over some canes with relief and a desperate plea for you to take more. Some varieties bear fruit once in the season and then call it quits. Other varieties will keep on chugging throughout the season. Mine can’t decide which they are and produce in the spring and in the fall.
Pick a sunny spot in your yard and find yourself a digging tool. I recommend a small shovel but creativity is also acceptable. Dig a small hole. No need to show off with a crater – just dig deep enough to cover the roots.
Place the raspberry cane(s) into the hole(s) and pat the dirt back in place. Make sure the cane is snug and then water gently. Don’t drown the poor dears but don’t be stingy either.
Stand back and admire the new addition to your yard and dream of all that you can do with fresh berries. The possibilities are numerous and delicious! As for when you will actually get fresh berries depends upon the type of raspberry you planted I would imagine. Some will be prudish and make you wait a bit but then you will appreciate them all the more.
What to do when the raspberry canes try to take over and steal your children? Well, I don a pair of gloves and arm myself with some clippers and dive into the bushes. Wearing a pair of goggles may even be a good idea. Flippers are optional. Be bold and determined in your pruning. If it looks dead, pull it out. No need for nostalgia here. If it popped up where you don’t want it, pull the sucker out. Here you have a few options. You could replant it where you do want it. You could “gift” it to a friend or set it on the curb as a freebie. People love free stuff! Or you could close your eyes, apologize to the universe, and toss it in the trash. Sure, composting the extra canes is an option but I have a feeling you would end up with a raspberry bush in your compost bin. Did you ever accidentally grow a pumpkin that way?
Proudly show off your scratched arms and tell all who ask, “You should see the other guy!”
Remain hopeful and wait patiently. And then…sometime in the future…enjoy some delicious and nutritious and amazing fresh raspberries. Take a picture of said berries and post it all over social media with the tag #bejealous.