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    FirstRaspberry is offline Germinator
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    Default Rocks in the raspberry patch

    Hi!
    I've just started clearing a new allotment and there's a big bed of raspberries and blackcurrants. However its covered in a layer of rocks and stones. I've scoured the site and can't find a reason except perhaps a cool root run?
    Should i aim to remove the rocks?
    Or just add compost on top?
    Dig the fruit out and replant?
    Take cuttings and start again elsewhere on the plot?
    Thanks and best

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    bikermike is offline Tuber
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    "Rocks in the raspberry patch" - sounds like a festival...

    Are the raspberries growing alright? (I appreciate it's the wrong time of year to check, but did you see them earlier in the year)

    if this is your first year on the plot, I'd be tempted to leave that until next year - if they are growing well.

    Are they just on the top?
    (Assuming this is UK btw)
    there are various old kitchen garden tricks around covering root areas to prevent competition (to the extent of concrete covers), so it might be that.

    maybe it's to keep the zombies from the plot at night and upsetting the rhubarb...

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    burnie is offline Veggie gardener
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    Welcome to the vine, have to say this is a first for me, I think I would wait until the spring and then maybe re-cycle them elsewhere, a base for a shed maybe?

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    FirstRaspberry is offline Germinator
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    Thanks for the comments and welcomes! Yes I'm in the UK. Leaving them sounds like a good plan. I think they are reasonably strong as they have started to spread out from the beds but I've only seen them with few on no leaves (only had it for a few weeks). I am also just assuming they are just on top. I have yet to dig in there but i can't see much soil for the rocks and glass.

    Fab! More energy for the rest of the plot!

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    If there is glass mixed through it I would move the rock's to get all the glass out, if it is from bottles and jars or horticultural glass from a greenhouse be very careful with it if it is toughened glass it's possibly not as hazardous but still take care, that said, welcome to the Vine, and I hope you enjoy your gardening
    Last edited by rary; 06-11-2018 at 08:56 PM.
    it may be a struggle to reach the top, but once your over the hill your problems start.

    Member of the Nutters Club but I think I am just there to make up the numbers

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