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Berry Patch: Picking raspberries early this year

Raspberries: four weeks earlier this year Ellen picked half of a small bowl of Heritage red raspberries this morning, nearly a month earlier than in past years. I was quite surprised a few days ago to see a large red…

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Raspberry heaven… hopefully not a maggot haven

I’ve been harvesting raspberries for the past 10 days from my five June-bearing plants. Like most other garden plants my small fruits are ahead of schedule this year. No gray mold and just a whiff of brown marmorated stink bug-…

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Winter solace in our raspberry bed

Raspberry bed before cutting & weeding Yes, I did mean “solace,” not “solstice.”  Solstice was last month.  Solace was two hours this afternoon. Just after noon when I looked out our kitchen window, the sunny scene beckoned me to come…

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Black Raspberries ( Part #4 )

As was said in an earlier post, it’s possible to grow black raspberries in a container. To do it, you need a 25-35 gallon container, a tomato cage, and frequent watering. As seen in the picture above, the primocanes –…

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Black Raspberries ( part #3 )

Eating black raspberries is the easy part. Growing black raspberries plant is more challenging. The goal is to keep alive a raspberries cane for 16 months during its growing season- 1st year- as primocane and through its bearing season -2nd…

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Black Raspberries ( Part #2 )

When planning to grow black raspberries, choosing between cultivars can be hard. Fortunately, the University of Maryland Extension, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Fruits & Vegetables program determined which ones are the best for our climate and are the most disease…

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Black Raspberries ( Part #1 )

The best part to having pie on a special occasion like Pi Day is the homegrown pie filling. At home, we grow black raspberries. They are sweeter and less tart than the red ones. Black raspberries have their own characteristics:…

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