I was talking with a dear friend and told her we were picking abundant raspberries (in September), and she said, “What!! You’re getting raspberries now? What kind are they?”
The picking is heaviest in September and October.
I never knew you could get an ever-bearing red raspberry until 3 years ago when I read about the Heritage ever-bearing in a Miller Nursery catalog.
The catalog states,
“After 30 years, it still remains one of the most outstanding ever-bearing red raspberries on the market today. Heritage produces vigorous upright canes which do not require staking. The fruit is of superior quality. Berries are large, bright red, firm, and we at Miller’s recommend heritage for eating right out of the patch, freezing and/or jams and jellies. The summer crop matures here from July 1st and the fall crop begins ripening Sept. 1st and continues until frost. The fall crop is of exceptional quality, often better than the first.”
Well, I decided we needed to plant a raspberry patch, and I kind of went hog-wild, planting 12. It has been a challenge to keep them all picked b/c there are so loaded with berries 🙂
If I had it to do over, I would have only planted 6 ~ but this way, we can freeze and share them! If you decide to plant any berry plants, put down several bales of straw around the bases of the whole patch to keep out weeds! You need NEVER weed if you straw heavily every several years. It also holds in moisture (they need a good bit).
The young canes of 12 plants in May. We cut/mow down the raspberry patch completely in the fall.
The whole family is willing to go into action to get the crop in.
Fresh from the raspberry patch and ready to be washed and frozen or made into jam. I think today I will just freeze them as it is getting late, and I need to get dinner ready for my crew!
Such a pretty emerald passenger! He must have liked my kitchen…he didn’t want to leave.
We had a little fun before getting to work. Meet Mr. Berry. He is my favorite redhead, and I think he said to tell you “Hello!”
Well, I had better run now; there are more berries coming in the door at this very instant!
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