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    Default Summer and autumn raspberries - some tips

    I just wanted to post some advice for anyone new to growing raspberries (like me). I recently bought a pack of three raspberry canes, two are summer fruiting and one is autumn fruiting. My original plan was to plant all three canes in my garden border, adjacent to my bush beans. After doing some research, I found out the following:

    1. It is not a good idea to plant summer and autumn fruiting raspberries next to each other because they send up new shoots, often quite a way away from the original cane. So after some time they will all get mixed up and pruning will be very difficult because summer and autumn varieties get pruned at different times.

    2. Raspberries can take over if you're not careful, so I need to be careful putting them next to my veg patch!

    Now I have found all of this out, my plan is to put the summer fruiting varieties in the border, but place some sort of border in the soil (e.g. a piece of wood) between the raspberries and the beans, to stop the raspberries taking over. The autumn fruiting cane will go on its own in a pot, hopefully it won't look too sad and lonely!

    Hope that helps someone :-)

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    Good to know. I got three ands of autumn bliss a few months ago and just planted in the garden. Will make sure I keep a close eye on them now!


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    Hi Indigo, just a bit of advice back - I thought I'd do the same as you at our old house to try and limit the spread, as we had a small veg plot there before we got the lottie 3 years ago. So I sunk a board 9 inches wide all around the plants, but they still escaped!! When I dug up some bits to move to the lottie they had actually gone through the wood (as it had softened / rotted).
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    Thanks Vince, I was worried that might happen actually. I might think of somewhere else to put them then. What do other people do with their out of control raspberries? :-)

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    They don't get that out of control Indigo. They send up new shoots in the Spring, and it's easy to dig up any that you don't want. You just need to keep an eye on them.

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    Thanks Rustylady. So I'll be okay putting them next to my beans as planned then? It's definitely the best place for them (a South facing fence) so it would be a shame to move them.

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    Also Indigo.. Think of them as free new plants!! You can take them out as they appear and relocate somewhere else if you want..
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    Thanks Tripmeup, I only have three canes so was kind of counting on them multiplying, to save me buying any more :-)

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