You may have recently taken up gardening, and are wondering where to start. After all, there are many different options to choose from when it comes to items to plant. You can plant cucumber, peas, zucchini, or tomatoes.
However, perhaps you’d like to plant something different, an item that not every other gardener in your neighborhood will have. Why not try your hand at growing raspberries this year? If this sounds good to you, how do you get started?
The first thing you need to grow any type of plant is a well-prepared bed for growing. Growing raspberries are no exception to this rule. Before planting, till up the bed making sure to pull out any perennial weeds that you find. As you till, work in some manure or compost to give your new raspberry bushes the nutrition they will need.
If your soil is particularly acidic, consider adding some lime as well. The perfect pH for raspberries hovers in the 6.0 range. If you don’t know how to detect the pH of your soil, ask a gardening expert at your local nursery for instruction. Raspberries bushes do best when not waterlogged, so it is best if your bed drains well.
If it does not, you can build a raised bed that will drain nicely no matter how wet the conditions in your area are.
Now, you are ready to move on to the second step in growing raspberries. Now that you have a beautiful new growing bed prepared, you need to know when to plant your raspberry bushes for optimum success. Spring is the right time to plant your raspberries for two reasons.