Many years back when buying plants for my vegetable garden I came across a raspberry bush for sale. On impulse I bought it and brought it home to plant with the rest of the garden. Of course since it’s a bush which comes back year after year, growing bigger over time, I quickly decided the vegetable garden was not exactly the best place for it. I had another small garden and decided to plant it there – for now – was my thought. Well, I never moved it and it’s now too big to even try. The fact that it’s covered in prickers makes moving it that much more of a task!
If you know anything about how raspberry bushes grow the main bush produces more and more offshoots which become their own bushes over time and the process continues. A few years back I replanted several of the new sprouts. My thought was to replant them closer to the edge of the yard and over time I’d have a veritable cornucopia of raspberry bushes! It was a good idea, so I thought, but it didn’t work out so well. One day while doing yard work with his father our youngest was using the weed-wacker in the back yard, You can probably guess what happened to my transplanted bushes. Yup, he thought they were weeds <sigh> So, while I may not be entirely thrilled with the location of my original plant, judging by the amount of raspberries we get, it seems to be happy where it is!
All in all one of the biggest issues with a raspberry bush isn’t necessarily the prickers. They’re not fun (they down right hurt) but you can work around those! Raspberries suffer from the same problem that other fruit bushes/trees do. Blueberries, cherries and the like all have the same dilemma – birds. Our feathered friends enjoy all of the above fruit so, to keep them away, you need to cover your burgeoning fruit with netting. If you don’t then you can’t be surprised if you go out to pick your bounty only to find it all gone….yes, I speak from experience….it was a lesson learned the hard way!
Raspberry bushes are extremely easy to grow and are often found growing wild in this area. Raspberries require very little maintenance. They are perfect for the novice gardener or those with a “black” thumb mainly because they require minimal effort. With some water and fertilizer, especially when first planted, in no time you’ll find the bush has easily doubled in size! I would recommend you decide on an area to plant and over time the bush will take it over. I prune mine back yearly, primarily because of where mine is located. But if you have the room for them to spread than pruning would be optional.
I’d love to tell you I have tons of raspberry recipes to share with you, I do have a few for sure, but unfortunately fresh raspberries don’t often last long in my house! No sooner do I pick a bowl full, put them in my fridge and when I next open the door they’re gone! It’s like magic! 🙂 For these gems a recipe is hardly necessary! Sprinkling some fresh raspberries over vanilla ice cream, maybe add a little fudge sauce….pure heaven! Yum!!
I encourage you to try a fruited bush or tree. Or even to plant some of your own vegetables. People simply do not understand how much better fresh fruits and vegetables from your very own garden taste until you try them! You won’t be sorry!