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Bare Root Raspberry Canes – 3 and 4 month updates

I know this is quite late, but here are some updates from my bare root raspberry canes from last year.  The last updated had been the 2 month update.  Here’s how things went the rest of the summer (and fall) of 2016. I started to get my first raspberries to pick around mid august on the floricanes.  The Joan J were ready a bit sooner than the Anne berries. Many… Read More »Bare Root Raspberry Canes – 3 and 4 month updates

Generac generator making buzzing noise

I was outside a few days ago tending to my yard when I noticed my Generac generator making a buzzing noise. I’ve been in my yard almost every day this past week, so I know it was new. Also, this was the day before the weekly test, so it wasn’t an issue related to the test. The service light was green, so nothing wrong there. I’m not an electrician, but… Read More »Generac generator making buzzing noise

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… Read More »Bare Root Raspberry Canes – 2 Month Update

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… Read More »Keeping rabbits out of my garden cheap and simple

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… Read More »Bare Root Raspberry Canes – 1 Month Update

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 also two plants that seemed to have little nubs of growth… Read More »Bare Root Raspberry Canes – one week update

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 came 5 canes to an order,… Read More »Planting Bare Root Raspberry Canes

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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… Read More »Sunflowers Drooping

Grass removed for planting

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… Read More »Removing Grass to Plant Bare Root Raspberry Canes

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 canes have a two year life cycle. Raspberry plants… Read More »Why I Selected Anne and Joan J Raspberries to Plant