Eating a handful of succulent raspberries during the summer and autumn is a seasonal treat not to be missed. Raspberries are popular garden fruits, and are easy to grow. Just a few plants will reward you with many fruits, and will allow you to save money from not buying overpriced supermarket raspberries.
Varitites Of Raspberries
There are many different varieties of raspberries, but they are mainly categorized into Floricane(summer-fruiting raspberries). Floricane fruit between June and early August depending on the specific variety, and Primocane(autumn-fruiting raspberries). Primocane fruit between August and October. Summer-fruiting raspberries need a frame, fence, or wall to support the growth up to 1.5m.
‘All Gold‘- Primocane, the best out of all yellow raspberries, produces sweet golden fruits, almost crumble in your hand when picked, self-fertile.
‘Autumn Treasure‘- Primocane, Large, bright, red/pink coloured raspberries have a delicious, sweet flavour, self-fertile.
‘Glen Ample‘- Floricane, high-yielding, large red/pink raspberries with good flavour, self-fertile.
‘Tulameen‘- Floricane, large red raspberries, self-fertile.
How To Grow Raspberries
Raspberries can be sold bare-root canes(roots are exposed), or in a container. Plant your raspberries anytime between November, and March, only if the soil is not waterlogged or frozen. Dig out a hole, slightly bigger than the container it came in, or plant in a bigger container/pot. Fill the ground/container with homemade compost, made with wormery, and recycled green waste. Once planted cut the canes to 25cm for the ground to encourage lots of shoots.
Raspberries thrive in moist, fertile, slightly acidic soils, which are well-drained. They dislike soggy or chalky soils. Although raspberries can tolerate some shade if there’s not much sunlight, for best results, place in a sunny spot. If possible, collect rainwater, and water the plants with it as raspberries thrive in slightly acidic soil. Make sure the compost doesn’t dry out and try to keep the soil damp by regularly watering.
Fertilizers are optional, but if you decided to use them to boost the health of your plants, and yield of crops. Id advise you to use bonemeal, it provides phosphorus that promotes early growth, root formation, and fruit development. Sprinkle bone meal fertilizer evenly over the soil or add to planting compost. Make sure it’s mixed well. If the weather is dry, water in well.
When pruning autumn-fruiting raspberries, prune in late winter, cutting back all the canes to ground level before new growth. With summer- fruiting raspberries, prune down to soil level all canes that bore fruit during the summer.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Raspberries are not only delicious they are rich in nutrients, containing vitamins C, A, E, K, B-6, B-2, and B-1. Minerals– manganese, phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron, and zinc. In addition, they contain antioxidants, higher fiber, and tannin content, that may benefit blood sugar control, and reduce disease risk.
Raspberries may have cancer-fighting properties, may improve arthritis, aid weight loss, combat aging, good for your skin, and hair. Not to mention, they are easy to add to your diet.
How To Add To Your Diet
There are many ways to enjoy raspberries, here are some ways to add them to your diet. You can make raspberry cakes, jam, and ice cream. Also can be added to smoothies/milkshakes, teas, juices, pies, sauce on meat, oatmeal, tarts, etc.