We have wild raspberry and blackberry bushes growing behind the shed, but the last couple of years have been pretty lean for fruit production. I think it is because they are mixed in among many small saplings, weeds, and even some poison ivy. It may take some time and careful pruning to get them back into shape so that they produce more berries.
In the mean time, I thought this area would work well for a new raspberry patch.
It is at the edge of the lawn near the vegetable garden. From this point, the ground begins to slope downward over a bank into the woods eventually leading to a small brook. Because this area is so uneven, it isn’t mowed and contains tall grass, weeds, and wildflowers. The blooming goldenrod, milkweed, and queen annes lace attract bees and butterflies and the seed heads provide food for the birds.
Today was the perfect day to reclaim a small section of this area to begin a new raspberry patch. I began by raking the dead plants aside.
Nothing has started growing yet and most of the dead plants were shallow rooted and easy to pull out. There were some clumps of grass that required a garden fork to dig out. I was impressed by the quality of the soil beneath. I still need to add some compost, till it in, and level the soil out the best I can on the slope. But this is the basic outline of the new raspberry planting area.
I placed an order today for Heritage raspberries. I chose Heritage raspberries because I have heard good things about tham from several blogs I follow, especially the growing experience shared by Daphne at Daphne's Dandelions and Laura at The Modern Victory Garden. A huge thanks to you both for the inspiration.
I felt really good to be outside digging in the dirt.