Fruit can be in almost every home garden.
In all the years I’ve gardened I never thought about growing raspberries until 2007 after finding a recipe using red raspberries that I wanted to add to my list of special “company is coming” recipes. Sadly it never occurred to me back then to search the web and I searched the catalogs instead.
I read that Latham summer bearers were suppose to be some of the best! Boy was I disappointed! After planting in the fall of 07, first fruits came in 2008. They were small, mushy, and horrible tasting! Realizing that I had made a mistake, I ordered Caroline Raspberries which could not be shipped until spring of 2009. Two years lost and nothing to show!
I planted my new Carolines in the spring of 09. The Lathams had their last chance that summer and then out they came. By that time I was really worried that perhaps I had also made a mistake about the Caroline berries. If I had it would be 3 1/2 years lost.
Finally, the berries started to come. It looked as if there would not be many, but much to my delight and surprise they kept right on coming until frost and they were delicious! (A little tart – but I like that.) We ate half the berries fresh and froze the rest for a total of almost a gallon of berries.
In December I cut all the canes except for 3. I am looking forward to a summer crop on those canes. I just today thinned the new canes that have come up this year so air circulation will be good. I will prune the tips as they fruit and they should continue to bear until the weather turns cold.
Since discovering how good these berries are in muffins I plan to freeze a lot more packages.
Gurney’s Seed and Nursery has Caroline Raspberries and if they are not sold out by the time you order you could possibly get a taste of raspberries THIS year!
Having fresh fruit is such a treat and having frozen fruit on hand in the winter makes preparing something special for your family and/or company a snap. Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are all easy to grow, so if you don’t have fruit in your garden order now before another season passes.
(Pictures below of strawberries in bloom, blueberries in bloom, and spring growth for Raspberries.)
Pictured above and below are strawberry blossoms in April.
Pictured above and below are blueberry blossoms in April.
Pictured below is new spring growth for Raspberries.