Raspberries

Love them or hate them?

We love raspberries, and even when there is a bumper crop we consume them all – thirty-one pounds this past summer. That equated to 496 ounces or  86 – 6 oz boxes selling for $4 each or a total approximate value of $344. Not bad!

Raspberry plants are easy keepers. The weeds don’t grow very much between the plants because the sun doesn’t get to them. They send out runners, so you always have plenty of new plants.

Raspberries are hardy and can survive the spring rains, warm summers, and cold snowy winters here in New England.

Because we garden organically, we do not treat the raspberries with any commercial products but care for them with good gardening practices.

Picking raspberries is the fun part. Let’s face it you have to eat a few even before they reach the house.

But, once a year someone has the chore of cutting the brown branches out that fruited that year. That is usually my job, and it is not a fun gardening chore. But, it is one of those tasks that when you are done you can stand back and acknowledge what you accomplished.

Outfitted in long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat, gloves, Wellies, and my Fiscars in hand, I was off to do the dirty deed. It took me a couple hours to get everything trimmed out, remaining plant tops trimmed and contained, and the cut branches piled in the utility trailer for a trip to the recycling center.

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Thank you raspberry row – job well done – again.

This year we also traded some raspberry bushes with friends who had blackberry bushes so now we have both varieties.

We are certainly looking forward to the 2013 berry season, but in the meantime we’ll continue to enjoy the bounty we have in the freezer all winter long.

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“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.”     Michael Pollan

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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20 Responses to Raspberries

  1. Donna says:

    I can’t wait for our raspberries to be as productive as yours. They are doing well. Hope your blackberries will be as productive next year. If any don’t survive the winter, we have plenty more blackberries.

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  2. Good job Judy and enjoy the bounty

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  3. Susan Adcox says:

    Raspberries are such a luxury for us! I can’t imagine being able to eat all I want.

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  4. Joe Owens says:

    My neighbors planted a significant amount of “tame” raspberries about four years ago and we have picked some for eating and making jam the past two summers. My wife loves them and I like them enough. The neighbor’s biggest problems i when the June bugs and Japanese beetles get out of hand.

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  5. Grandma Kc says:

    I’m with Susan — that would be such a wonderful luxury! I LOVE raspberries — especially the red ones. Amara can easily down a 6oz container in 15 seconds and at that $4 price point — we sure don’t do it often! Eat some for me, OK?!

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  6. Love ’em and just don’t know why I’ve never put them in my garden in all these years. Next year, for sure, and thanks for the push.

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  7. debra says:

    Love love love red raspberries! looks like an afternoon of hard work!
    Of course now I am craving them. And red raspberry pie.

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  8. niki says:

    I have raspberries in my grandparents garden. I just love them and raspberry pie! 🙂

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  9. gooseyanne says:

    Don`t you have them in cages to keep out the birds? Also I`ve not seen the dark-skinned ones in UK. By the way, if you need any help disposing of them just invite my husband George over – he loves them!

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  10. Joyce says:

    I wish we had growing conditions for raspberries! My grandma grew them and they were so easy and convenient to pick…and of course, delicious! You have an enviable lifestyle amidst the bounty of what you grow from hard work and respect for the earth.

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    • Judy says:

      Thank you. I would gladly share if we lived closer. And, I do respect the earth and its many attributes. My grandparents had a small dairy farm with a large garden here in NH. I credit them with my love for gardening and farming, and it brings me a lot of smiles and good memories.

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  11. P.E.A.C.E. says:

    What a yummy patch! Nice before and after shots too. My small, humble backyard patch had a bumper crop as well! Over 20 cups of raspberries, which freeze beautifully and are still making an appearance as Raspberry Shortcake and in muffins. I adore blackberries but do watch out for those wicked thorns. Cheers!

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  12. What an awesome haul!! Holy smokes. I bet you do eat them all. FAB!

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