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To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 22:33

I knew they didn't like lime, but didn't know they positively liked acid.  Thanks for that.

 

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 19:48

When the last minute replacements (the sweet peas) conk out, I can remove the mulch rather than digging it in, if you think that would help.  The dead twigs are long gone, however: I am seeking wisdom so that the same thing doesn't happen next year

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 16:14

Oh, and I think I might have had them too deep.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 04/10/2012 at 16:10

I trust it didn't have weedkiller since it came in bags from the garden centre!

Had an interesting quarter of an hour with a pH meter in that patch just now.  It's only a narrow strip, about 6 feet long, but the pH 8 inches down appears to vary from  off the scale acid to off the scale alkaline, with the odd bit of neutral in between.  I know pH is variable, but what the heck?  No wonder I had issues...

How much effect would the pH at that depth have had on shallow rooters?  Should I be metering higher up?

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 18:37

I dumped more compost (2-3 inches) on top of the existing compost-blended soil /before/ planting.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 17:22

I did dig the whole bed, but water probably did pool, given how much rain we had, and how narrow and shallow the bed was.  And yes, I used a fork too.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 17:05

Just because I really wanted them to succeed and there was a heck of a lot of snow, really.

To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 16:49

Last November I bought 5 canes of autumn fruiting raspberry 'polka' and planted them.  I have very heavy clay and am not particularly strong, so as I understood raspberries are shallow rooted I dug a spade's depth, incorporated compost and them dumped more compost on top.  I planted them with mycorrhizal (sp?) fungi and hoped for the best.  Watering seemed a bit redundant but I diligently fleeced them until the frosts were gone.  In spring I bought a bag of rotted manure and mulched them, keeping it away from the stems as best I could, but the cats weren't very helpful with that.

Two shooted.  One month later, the leaves on both turned yellow and died.  The garden centre replaced them; 3 of the replacement canes already had shoots.  One died right away.  One struggled for a month and then turned yellow and died.  The third made it to June but was only 8 inches high then, and abruptly one week that went yellow and died too.  The other two canes never shooted.

Was it the rain?  Was it that I didn't prep at enough depth or use grit?  Did my soil have a disease, and if it didn't, is it likely that it now does?  There is a trellis there to support them (our garden is like a sort of demented circular wind tunnel) so putting them somewhere else would be awkward.

What I do know is that nothing had been grown in that ground for at least three years, except grass and weeds.  We live in the vale of York, if you need a climate reference.

 

 

New site - bugs

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 17:35

The competitions are broken under Safari 5: there are no radio buttons to click!  Please fix

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To raspberry or not to raspberry?

Total failure with raspberries planted last year. Try again? 
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