Wel­com­ing a rasp­berry crop

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

MY rasp­ber­ries didn’t pro­duce much fruit last year, prob­a­bly be­cause it was too dry. I did wa­ter them, but ob­vi­ously it wasn’t enough. So I put the lack of a rasp­berry crop down to ex­pe­ri­ence and left the plants, with plans to cut them back early this year.

How­ever, I couldn’t be­lieve it when I no­ticed lots of fruit at the end of Novem­ber! I picked a cou­ple, tried them, and they were de­li­cious. We hadn’t had any sharp frosts at that stage, so the rasp­ber­ries were still go­ing strong. I have never picked au­tumn-fruit­ing rasp­ber­ries so late – does any­one else pick fruit later than they usu­ally do?

Su­san O’Brien, Kirkby, Mersey­side

Late rasp­ber­ries were a bonus

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