|Kiwi Gold, Fall Gold, and Heritage Red raspberries harvested October 15.|
The name "everbearing" is a bit misleading because they typically provide two large crops of berries rather than a continuous harvest. Kiwi Gold and Fall Gold are exceptionally sweet, and the Heritage Red berries have a classic raspberry flavor. I personally prefer the gold varieties, my wife likes the red berries, and the dogs will eat all three varieties without hesitation.
|Gold and red raspberries. The berry in the top right looks a bit over-ripe and mushy. That's what I get for harvesting when it was nearly dark outside.|
1. Make sure your planting site has good sun exposure and drainage.
2. Keep your planting site weed-free.
3. Berry canes need support -- plant against a trellis, tie loosely to wires.
4. Water well during dry spells.
5. Feed your plants with rich, organic compost.
6. Keep your canes mulched with a layer of wheat straw or other suitable mulch.
7. Determine if you want a single large crop or two crops per year. This will dictate how and when the canes should be pruned.
8. Dispose of pruned canes to prevent the spread of disease.
9. Enjoy every single bite. Homegrown berries are superior to anything you can buy in the store.
10. And don't forget to share the harvest! What goes around comes around...