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Just like honey badger.

This is the first of the long-planned and even -promised series of gardening posts. I'll start off easy (no photos).

One of the things we did this year was plant a set of raspberry bushes. Well, bushes eventually. Right now they're about 3" off the ground. Well, mostly. See, there were some problems with the quality of the compost we planted them into. I don't know if you get the same sort of variation in nutrient content with store-bought compost, but when you get it from the farm by way of a long time sitting in the open with stuff growing on the top layer, some variation is expected. In this case, as the yellowing leaves on our six sad, neglected raspberries told us, there wasn't enough nitrogen in the mix.

Cue slow-release nitrogen tablets near the roots of each. Cue an almost full week of rain.

Remember how I said the (now much healthier and sporting new growth) raspberries were about 3" off the ground? That's five of them. The sixth one grew to over a foot. In a week. Bamboo, you got *nothing* on this baby.

As an aside, did you know that it's only the new growth that fruits on raspberry bushes? Apparently, with at least some of the varieties, the thing to do at the end of every fall is to mow them down to the ground.

Another moment of "mother nature don't care" tomorrow, when the rain stops and I can take a photo.

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Date: 2012-05-30 04:05 am (UTC)
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I did know it's only new growth.
I remember asking as a kid why Grampa always gave the raspberries a hair cut before the snow came ;)

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Date: 2012-05-30 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Looking at it again, and assuming I understand it correctly, the aggressive pruning helps control when the fruiting occurs. Of course this is affected by the temperature and length of sun exposure, so I'll bet Orilia is on a very different schedule from Galax. These ( are the people who I bought the raspberries from; they're just a four-hour drive from us, so their advice is pretty accurate for my case.

But yeah, late fall to late winter would be about the right time for me to cut them. Now let's see if I manage to not kill them before then!

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Date: 2012-05-30 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They may not bear much fruit this year but next year will go better.
Our first year with our raspberry bushes was similar to yours. Our soil is terrible too.
4 years later we are actively pruning the bushes to keep them from taking over the rest of the garden entirely :)
Also, don't teach the Kidlet to pick berries till they are older.
Andrew taught William when he was 20 months and then William proceeded to eat all the ripe and unripe fruit on both our raspberry and strawberry plants. Last year went better as we were able to teach him to eat only the red raspberries and strawberries.


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Date: 2012-05-30 04:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clarentine
I had flowers on mine this year! And on the thornless blackberries, too! Now to ensure I beat the deer to the fruit. >:-)

My own gardening issue for the year: weird gray chalky dirt which apparently came with one of the loads of manure, which came from different farms. Oh, and wire grass, which also came with the manure. Most of the wire grass has been pulled and I'm on high alert watching for sprouts, but I really don't know what to do with the gray dirt. It got tilled into the mix and spread out, and the plants where the gray dirt is in high concentration are...not happy, let's say. I suppose I need to take a sample and get the PH checked, and go from there.

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Date: 2012-05-30 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Deer eat raspberries? @_0

On the grey dirt, checking the pH would be my first suggestion. It just occurred to me to look, and I'm seeing soil pH testers starting as low as $6 on Amazon. Methinks I'll be picking one up.

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Date: 2012-05-30 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clarentine
Oh, hell, yes. They browsed these babies to the ground last fall, thorns and all.

Re soil testing, it's also a good idea to make friends with your local Extension agent. Tech does soil testing for very reasonable rates and can tailor their recommendations to the use to which you intend to put the plot of ground. You get the soil test kit from Extension, which is managed by Tech.

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Date: 2012-05-31 02:40 am (UTC)
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Honey badger makes me smile. :-)


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