Garden Answers (UK) - - Gourmet Grower -

1 Pre­pare the plant­ing site by dig­ging over

Dig in plenty of well-rot­ted or­ganic mat­ter to en­sure a fer­tile mois­ture-re­ten­tive soil. Rasp­ber­ries do best on slightly acidic ground. Re­move any peren­nial weeds and add a sys­tem of 1.8m (6ft) posts and wires if you’re grow­ing sum­mer rasp­ber­ries.

2 Soak canes in water be­fore plant­ing

Once the bare­root canes ar­rive, be­tween Novem­ber and March, un­wrap them and soak in water for an hour be­fore plant­ing 45cm (18in) apart, at the same depth they were grow­ing in the nurs­ery (look for the soil mark). It’s bet­ter to go too shal­low than too deep. Al­low 1.8m (6ft) be­tween rows.

3 Fin­ish by cut­ting back and adding a mulch

Prune each cane to 25cm (10in) and fin­ish with a mulch of well-rot­ted or­ganic mat­ter such as gar­den com­post. Be sure to water dur­ing dry spells in the first spring and sum­mer, and top up the mulch an­nu­ally in late winter/early spring.

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