How to Grow Raspberries
Fresh Raspberries From Your Own Garden
Raspberries are a favorite summer treat - just looking at teh lucious goodness makes your mouth water.. Its not hard to grow raspberries in your garden. In pies, tarts, on ice cream, in baked goods or just off the bush, they are a tart treat that you can easily grow.. And the pies and jams - to die for.
Raspberries are hardy to zone 2. So that means they can be grown just about anywhere; avoid deserts and swamps. They prefer slightly acidic well draned soil. If the leaves on your raspberreis tend to be a yellow and they are not growing as well as they should, your soil may be too alkaline. Add some coffee grounds to increase the nitrogen and the acidity; this helps to release phosphorous, zinc, and iron.
On a slope is great to insure that they don't get waterlogged roots - but not right at the top of a hill if it is windy in your area.
How to Grow Raspberries
Raspberries are easy to grow in your yard and will give you fruit for years and years. It is best to plant them in the early spring or the late fall.
You can buy plants at garden centres or, if you are adventurous, you can buy bare root canes on-line. Soak the bare root ones overnight before you plant them. The ones you buy in pots or boxes should be damp when you plant them. Dig a hole for each plant about a foot across and a foot deep. Put in some well rotted compost and then put in the plant with the crown at ground level. The crown is where the roots meet the canes.
The roots are perennial and the canes are biennial. This means that a cane will grow from the root the first year and bear fruit the second year. You then want to cut it off to make way for new canes.
Do your pruning in the fall after the fruit is all gone and fertilize in the early spring.
How Raspberreies Grow
This is a really good explanation of how your raspberry will grow, showing the parts of the plant that produce the fruit.
It is best to get your plants locally as they will be suited to your climate. This variety, however, is a little different and not easy to find in most garden centres. The purple colour is great mixed with red raspberries and the taste is wonderful and all raspberry plants are very hardy.
A Great Raspberry Snack
If you can't wait until your raspberries grow, these are a yummy snack.
Best Raspberry Recipes
Once you pick them, if you have any left, here are some great recipes for baking them up and enjoying them.
- Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake.
YUM - a family favorite. Fresh raspberries make this really special.
- Big Bowl of Love
This is a cheesecake recipe with raspberries. The best of both worlds, combining the smoothness of the cheesecake with the tang of raspberries.
- Raspberry Tart
An old fashioned raspberry tart. The crust is just laid out and then folded around the fruit. This is an easy way to go if you can't find your pie pan.
- Raspbery Key Lime Pie with Tequila Raspberry Sauce
The name just makes your mouth water doesn't it. Try this for a wonderful desert on a hot day.
My Family's Favourite Raspberry Desert
These little tarts disappear as quick as they come out of the oven.
Either get a box of a dozen pre-made tart shells from the store or make your own. On a lazy day, the box of tart shells makes it easy.
Put the tart shells on a cooky sheet and fill each with raspberries.
In a small sauce pan put a cup of raspberries and half a cup of sugar. Heat this up melting the sugar.
Simmer the fruit and sugar mix for 10 minutes or so, stirring all the while.
Pour the liquid over the fruit in the tart shells.
Bake the tarts at 325 degrees for half an hour or until the tart shells turn golden around the edges.
Cool if possible and enjoy.
Decorate With Raspberries
THere are some absolutley beautifel prints available that you can use to decorate your home. With a simple frame, they are perfect for a kitchen; fancied up with a more elaborate frame and some are beutiful in your living room. Take a look.
A great picture of red fruit - wouldn't that liven up your kitchen 16 in. x 20 in.
A still life of raspberries and flowers by artist August Laux 24 in. x 18 in.
Do you grow raspberries? Have any questions?