Growing raspberries through the year
Mild days in late autumn or early winter are a good time to plant canes. Choose an open, sunny spot. The soil should be free draining with plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure added.
Before planting, give the roots a good soak in water. Space canes 45cm apart with 1.8m between rows. Just cover over the roots with about 5cm of soil. Keep any white buds at the stem base at soil level. Firm soil around each cane and water well. Canes are usually pre-pruned, ready to plant. If not, cut down to 15-22cm.
Several canes could also be planted together in a group in a border or large container, tying them to a central support post as a feature.
Tending the crop
Summer-fruiting raspberries fruit on one-year-old canes. Tie in new canes as they develop, but prune out weak shoots. Aim for a spacing of 15cm between new canes, removing extras to avoid overcrowding. After fruiting, cut all canes that have carried fruit down to soil level.
Autumn-fruiting raspberries produce canes that flower and fruit the same year. Cut down all their canes in winter, allowing new canes to develop as a wide row the following year. The shorter nature of these canes means they almost support one another.
In spring, feed with a general fertiliser and mulch around plants to keep their roots slightly moist and to suppress weeds. Keep the plants well watered during dry spells.