Our summer is slowing down, and we are having a lot of cool weather which I don’t mind this year! Our raspberries have been emerging the last few weeks.
I have been busy getting all our fall crops into our garden beds. Fall planting and raspberry harvest occur every year around the same time.
After my poison ivy adventure this summer.I am not too eager to head into my raspberry patch without my long sleeves and pants this summer. I love raspberries so, I “gear-up” for the adventure each day.
I am finding that raspberries are not always making it to the house! I do get quite a bit out of our 15 ft long by 5 ft wide raspberry patch that is at the back of our yard. If you have a city lot, and space in full sun/partial sun raspberries need to be what you grow.I know, I sound like a broken record, but it is a must for city dwellers that want to have an edible landscape. You might think, well, I can buy raspberries at the market in season. You can’t guarantee they are organic unless they are certified and usually if they are USDA certified you won’t’ get many raspberries for your money. If you create some space at the back of your yard, you can grow some to eat and freeze. They will be organic, and research shows that there is a significant difference between organic and non-organic raspberries.
“Recent research on organic raspberries has now shown organic raspberries to be significantly higher in total antioxidant capacity than non-organic raspberries. Raspberries in the study were grown on farms in Maryland that had been previously certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A series of tests involving free radical scavenging all provided the same results: organic raspberries outperformed their non-organic counterparts in terms of their antioxidant activity. This greater antioxidant capacity was associated with the greater levels of total phenols and total anthocyanins found in organic versus non-organic raspberries. While there are many good reasons to purchase organic versus non-organic foods of all kinds, this study makes it clear that these reasons specifically hold true for raspberries in a profound way”
The only suggestion I have about growing raspberries on city lots is to put them someplace they can take over for they do wander later in the season. I feel they look lovely in the landscape until the berries ripen and weigh down the vines.
I try to make work in the garden as easy for myself as I can, so I let my canes over winter. I cut them all down in the spring to the ground. I miss the early summer crop that usually is not considered quality fruit by some experts. I have found this works best for our city lot. The Canes only get messy about this time of year when they are loaded with fruit.I just tie them up and work around them until I can trim some of the canes back near the path. Cornell University provides a more detailed practice of cutting all the canes to the ground in spring. (here)
I can’t imagine my city lot without raspberries. I freeze the extra for winter eating.
They keep us happy until spring strawberries make their appearance. Who needs ALL THAT GRASS when you can have berries. Right??