All About Raspberries

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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!

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8 Responses

  1. Kim says:

    We always braved the thorns as well. Figured they pay-off was worth it.
    Raspberries and Blackberries are still among my favorites. They now make thornless varieties of both of these. Thorless blackberries have been around for a while now, but the thornless raspberries are new this year. Our local nursery informed me of them. Highly recommended. (Even the most skilled, still get stabbed by those thorns.)
    Consider a separate container or garden area, as they will take over your SFG.

  2. Matt says:

    My childhood memories of raspberries are a little different than yours! We used to brave the thorny, spider infested brambles to get every last raspberry we could. Then, when we were all out on our bushes, we’d hop the fence and eat the neighbor’s raspberries! One of my favorite berries for sure!

  3. Jenna says:

    We have just one raspberry right now, sandwiched between some blackberries, but it’s starting to spread and I’ve transplanted a couple of canes to another spot to encourage this. They are so sweet and delicious and with only one plant right now, they rarely make it into the house between me and my girls eating them right off the plant! I make freezer jam out of the blackberries, because they are more plentiful and not as sweet, but the raspberries have never made it that far for us :)

  4. aimeed says:

    I started reading your blog a while back. We use square foot gardening for most of our gardening, but not our brambles. We plant them in their own spots. I’m not trying to advertise, so you can delete this if you want, but our website http://www.backyardberryplants.com has a lot of info on growing raspberries. I love raspberries–Autumn Bliss is my fave.

  5. amy says:

    I’d grown raspberries successfully many years on the side of our yard, when I did move them into our beds they did really take over and we had to transplant them. We moved two years ago and I missed our raspberries so much. There was nothing better than going out in the early morning to pick a few fresh berries for our cereal! So I planted them next to our tomatoes where they’d have plenty of space to climb and they never grew. I did some research and it said never plant raspberries next to tomatoes. You live and learn!!

  6. Pat says:

    i’ve been raising raspberries for 17 years along my back chain link fence. I give away extra starts every year and plant some of them back into my long bed to replace some of the dead canes that I cut out. Great harvest here in Ohio and easy to maintain.

  7. Damaris Estrada says:

    Thanks Emily, you always come up with really interesting topics!! I have a very large area that I can grow raspberries in and not have to worry about them being so invasive!! YYUUMM!! RASPBERRIES!!

  8. Pat says:

    We have been raising raspberries for 17 years here in Ohio- We use them as a natural fencing against our chain link fencing- their stickers discourage unwanted visitors from our yard. They are very prolific and we love incredible harvest we get!