Bare Root Raspberry Canes – 2 Month Update

Here’s another follow-up to my planting of bare root raspberry canes.  You can view my previous posts on preparing the soil, selecting the varieties, protecting from rabbits, one week update, and one month update.

I originally planted my bare root raspberry canes on June 2.  On the advice of a gardener friend, I decided to put a very thin layer of mulch down around the plants.  I thought the most likely reason for losing one of the canes was the roots drying out.  I’m not sure why

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Keeping rabbits out of my garden cheap and simple

As I mentioned in my posts about sunflowers and my one month raspberry update, rabbits are a big problem in my yard. My kids love them and my dog hardly notices them, but I hate what they do to the vegetation in our yard. After the second time one of my raspberry plants was destroyed, I figured I had to something or else most of my plants would probably not survive.

I looked into a variety of options including growing repellent plants like marigolds nearby (takes effort and time and may not work)

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Bare Root Raspberry Canes – 1 Month Update

I planted some bare root raspberry canes one month ago, on June 2, 2016.  I previously explained why I chose to plant Joan J and Anne raspberry varieties.  I posted a one week update and now it is time for a one month update.

As I explained previously, I planted two rows of bare root raspberry canes, with a mix of five Anne and eight Joan J.  I wanted to alternate them when planting, but I lost track of which was which in the pale after the first two. One of the rows gets slightly more

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Bare Root Raspberry Canes – one week update

I planted my bare root raspberry canes on June 2, 2016.  I wasn’t expecting much growth for the first several weeks, or even longer. Particularly based on my previous experience.  But I did get a little bit of growth after just a few days.  There was the one twig that had little buds forming after 3 days.  There were

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Planting Bare Root Raspberry Canes

After selecting my Anne and Joan J raspberry canes for their flavor, productivity, and being thornless (turns out Joan J are thornless, but Anne have “mild” thorns), I placed my order from Nourse Farms.  Nourse Farms is one of the few places that repeatedly gets mentioned as a place to order bare root raspberry canes, and other berry plants. I liked that the orders

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Sunflowers Drooping

Last year I grew some sunflowers from seed.  They were the only plants that grew so large in the pot that I moved them to the ground.  I had let the three sunflowers get pretty large in the pot, so I couldn’t easily seperate them when I moved them to the ground.  When they started to get big in the ground, my wife leaned them against a chair.  That worked fine until the heads got big and then those flopped over a little.  I didn’t do anything with them and the birds and squirrels

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Removing Grass to Plant Bare Root Raspberry Canes

I decided late this Spring to plant some bare root raspberry canes.  After a failed Home Depot bare root cane, I did more research and got some very high quality bare root raspberry canes from Nourse Farms, ultimately selecting Anne and Joan J to plant, choosing them over others mostly because they are thornless.  I’m not the most patient person, so I didn’t want to go through the effort of optimally

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Why I Selected Anne and Joan J Raspberries to Plant

While my Home Depot bare root raspberry cane was failing to grow, I was busy doing research on planting my own raspberries.  I came across a great article comparing the productivity and the taste of primocane raspberries.  If you don’t already know, there are two main types of raspberry plants – primocane (or everbearing) and floricane (summer bearing).  Basically, the raspberry

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Raspberry Bare Root Canes – Failed Van Zyverden Heritage

This summer I’ve gotten really interested in growing my own raspberries.  This really doesn’t make a lot of sense since I’ve never been a huge fan of eating berries.  Our neighbor across the street has some kind of berry tree that grows yummy blackberries which I tasted last summer.  There is something extra special about picking a tasty berry right off the tree.  I briefly looked into getting our own blackberry tree, but we really don’t have the space for it.

I didn’t

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Raspberry Shortcake Plant Review

Original Entry – May 22, 2016 I will preface this post by saying I’m a VERY amateur gardener.  I do enjoy planting things, but it is generally not very well thought out.  I became interested in trying to grow my own raspberries when I saw the bare root canes for sale at my local Home Depot.  I did try to plant one of the canes (Heritage by Van Zyverden) but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything. After doing some research on recommended

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