Summer wouldn’t be summer without some delicious, juicy berries to eat. If you grow summer and autumn-fruiting varieties of raspberry, you can enjoy fruits for several months. Loganberries and tayberries are an interesting addition to the fruit garden, and can be enjoyed raw or in desserts, pies and jams.
Make the most of summer raspberries.
Cane fruits are low-maintenance – simply prune at the correct time, and feed in spring.
Summer-fruiting raspberries crop from July onwards. ‘Glen Moy’ is the first variety to crop in late June, and ‘Glen Ample’ fruits throughout July. ‘Malling Leo’ produces small, flavoursome fruit in late summer.
Summer-fruiting raspberries crop on last year’s growth, so when their season finishes, cut down the fruited stems and tie in the new, green canes for fruits next year.
Autumn-fruiting raspberries fruit from late summer and can keep going until the first frosts. ‘Autumn Bliss’ is a popular variety, which produces fruit with a good flavour, and will crop continuously from August to mid- or late-September. ‘Joan J’ produces large, tasty fruits. Autumn-fruiting raspberries fruit on the current year’s growth, so cut the stems back in winter and they’ll generate new wood in spring.
A cross between a raspberry and a blackberry, loganberries have a pleasant tartness and are about twice the size of a standard raspberry. The canes should fruit well for 25 years or more. They offer good disease resistance. Allow the fruit to darken to purple before picking. Cut down the fruited canes after fruiting and tie in the new canes for next year.
Also a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry, tayberries are flavoursome fruits, without the sharpness and intensity of loganberries. Tayberries produce twice the weight of fruit per plant than raspberries, and have good disease resistance. Cut down the stems after fruiting and tie in the new canes to fruit next year.
Spacing your canes
Space raspberry canes 35-45cm apart. Tayberries and loganberries need 2.5-3m between each plant.