I have not grown raspberries myself. My only experience hearkens back to my childhood when I was forced to pick them for what felt like hours on end, coming out scratched and tired. To add insult to injury, we then had to make raspberry jam. I mostly remember having a sink full of raspberries with bugs floating to the top, and being hot, very hot, as we canned it in little jars. My love of raspberries has not yet grown strong enough to overshadow these memories!
(Random side note: near my house there used to be a u-pick raspberry patch. When my mom visited from New York she would get all excited and say “Oh, we should go pick raspberries. I can’t believe you live so close and never go pick them!” I just rolled my eyes and smiled.)
However, I have found some resources that I hope will be helpful. First, a guide to growing raspberries put out by the Utah extension service.
Second, a comment from one my readers. Rebekah says:
“I have grown raspberries for years. I haven’t been able to contain them in square foot gardening boxes because their suckers go a little wild underground and take over EVERYTHING. I live in the NW and have clay soil that I dump mulched leaves and coffee grounds from Starbucks on each fall. The raspberries grow fabulously with that treatment and each year I have to dig out and give away canes. The best are Mammoth red because they are thorn-less and big, but Heritage are very reliable too!”
If you’ve grown raspberries, please share your comments below!Happy gardening!