Grow­ing rasp­ber­ries

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt - By Ta­nia Mof­fat

How to reap the re­wards of fresh berries.

Pick­ing fresh berries may be one of the best sum­mer treats around, and be­sides be­ing tasty, berries are some of the health­i­est foods you can eat. Rasp­ber­ries are mem­bers of the Rubus genus of the rose fam­ily, most of which are in the sub­genus Idaeo­ba­tus. Rasp­ber­ries are a power food rich in fiber, several vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, flavonoids and an­tiox­i­dents.

There really is no re­place­ment for fresh rasp­ber­ries picked straight off the bush. Fresh rasp­ber­ries don’t travel or store well, so those found in the gro­cery stores are like a cheap knocks off with a de­signer price tag. They never taste the same as those grown in your back­yard. If rasp­ber­ries are your weak­ness why not save on that gro­cery bill and plant them in the gar­den? A healthy plant will re­ward you with crops for 10 years or more.

Pri­mo­canes vs Flor­i­canes

Pri­mo­cane va­ri­eties pro­duce flow­ers and fruit on stems grown in the same year, they gen­er­ally bear fruit in late sum­mer. Flor­i­canes pro­duce stems that

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