Nigel has been suffering from raspberry deprivation ever since we moved house in 2011. He has always taken responsibility for the raspberries in our life. Finally his yearning is satisfied as he gets on with terracing the raspberry beds and getting new plants in at Tin Bath House.
Of course on a slope nothing is simple. It has taken days of levelling, shovelling, wooden boxing and much swearing about stones to get the beds prepared. I did forget when we moved here how tricky a sloped garden makes everything. Never mind the amount of digging, and the stones, it costs a good deal more than I always expect to buy the wood for making beds and retaining walls.
How it began!
How it finished!
And the result is just about equivalent of an 18 feet length row of bare rooted raspberry plants in now.
I chose 3 varieties –
Glen Moy – an early fruiting (from June) newish cultivar with no spines, and a an ‘Award of Garden Merit’ from the RHS.
Tulameen – a new variety, spine free with fruit in July and August.
Polka – a new variety fruiting from August to the first frosts.
And so you can see that the under-gardener should get his raspberries from June to October in succession!