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7/14/11 5:04 P

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I think it's been mostly luck and the fact that raspberries are, in fact, weeds and weeds seem to always do well at my house!

That said, these particular bushes were dug (bare-root) from my in-laws' farm. I put them in a not-too-sunny place the first time and they didn't thrive. Once I moved them to full sun along the base of a retaining wall, I've been battling them to stay there. I'm sure if I wanted to propagate them I could easily re-plant some of the ones I'm digging up every year!

That said, raspberries also need good, consistent water - which I haven't always done. This year, however, we've had consistent rain except for about a week - so we have raspberries!!!

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7/14/11 12:00 P

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LOL Mich! That reminds me that when my boys were small I would tell them I was going out to pick raspberries. They would race me out to the patch to see how many they could eat before I got there. I would (mock) complain that they never left any for me!!! To myself I was thinking "ha ha ha - you're eating a 5-a-day!!!" When they got older they were shocked that some of their friends had never eaten a fresh raspberry! You are doing a good thing for your kids!! emoticon

My raspberries are prolific plants and I don't do anything to propogate them. They seem to expand by runners underground. I had to confine them to a raised bed so they didn't take over my whole garden. I'm not sure what variety they are b/c they were at my house when we moved there. They seem to bear early in the year and then again, much stronger, later in the summer.

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7/13/11 3:02 P

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If you bend the top of the bush over and cover it with dirt, it will sprout a new bush. My neighbor has been doing that for years and it saves the expense of buying and planting a new bush when you want to expand.

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7/13/11 1:14 P

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Hey those kids did good leaving you enugh to enjoy together. Congratulations to the kids for theirstrength to resis!

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7/13/11 10:18 A

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That sounds great! I keep trying to get raspberry bushes going but we seem to be too hot and too dry for them.

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YUM! sounds wonderful!!

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That is marvelous!

Did you plant the bushes, or were they already there?

Do you have any advice for others who would like to grow raspberries?

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MICHTOTMAN's Photo MICHTOTMAN Posts: 819
7/13/11 12:00 A

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I just had to share... I have had raspberry bushes for years. I've also had two little gardeners for years (they are 7 and 9 years old). I have been torn between feeling frustrated with them for eating all my berries (I had no idea how many as they were out there munching every day) and feeling grateful that they were out there eating (and WANTING to eat) something that was chock full of vitamins/antioxidants/etc.

This year we made an agreement. After about 5 days of constant raspberry grazing we made an agreement that we would only pick raspberries every 5 or 6 days to give them time to a.) ripen and b.) build up in numbers. (They have admitted to me that they haven't held to our agreement and that they do eat 1 or 2 berries each day... little cuties!)

Anyway - tonight was our second berry picking and we picked 1 pound of berries. 1 POUND! That measured out to be a little bit more than 2 pints! And they were SOOOO delicious. We put them on top of vanilla ice cream (DH is now looking for a larger ice cream maker so we can make our own ice cream in the future) and our very own home-made (gluten free) granola. They are so excited that they want to start researching what to make next week!

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