Good enough to eat
It’s now time to prune autumn-fruiting raspberries. Canes need cutting to a few centimetres above ground level in late winter/early spring.
The plants produce their fruits from August or September onwards on canes that grew in the summer.
Once you’ve cut the canes to ground level, watch for new shoots appearing in late spring and tie them in to the supporting wires without thinning. Burn the prunings to stop the onslaught of fungal disease such as cane spot. New plants should be cut down to 25cm (10 inches) after planting. While it may not be technically correct, autumn raspberries could be grown back like a hedge in a bed 30cm (12 inches) wide instead of keeping them correctly spaced. That way you should get large crops from a very limited space if you feed and mulch generously, although you will need to thin them out after a few years. Good autumnfruiting varieties include ‘All Gold’, a yellow type, and ‘Joan J’, a spine-free variety which freezes well.