Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Fruits of our Labours - rewarded with strawberries, raspberries and mixed berries - offer of raspberry canes for sale also

Look at this bowl of yummy fruit!  picked this minute from my garden

We have friends coming to stay tomorrow night, and I think fruit, icecream and chocolate sauce is on the menu!

If you too would like to grow some raspberries, like the ones in the picture, you can purchase this years canes from me for $10 for a bundle of 5 - a mixture of sizes, from 1 foot to 3 feet high.  Post anywhere in New Zealand for $8.00.  Put them in the ground on arrival (they are packed with wet newspaper and are fine in the post).  This year they will just grow on, no fruit.  Next year they will fruit most of December and January, and they will put up their own suckers.  After their fruiting cut the canes down to ground level, leaving the suckers to grow.  Also remove any dead canes.  Raspberries grow on 2nd year canes, so basically the woody parts that grow this year will fruit next year.  

A lot of people make the mistake of pruning every year, and never getting any 2nd year growth, then they get all frustrated at the lack of raspberries.  But, follow my instructions and you will be fine.

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