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