Tying in raspberry canes (whether they like it or not)

Before the canes

My whole garden seems bent on telling me that I’ve started everything too late this year. The learning curve here is nothing if not steep. My six main raspberry canes in my raised beds have burst into life over the last month and so I thought it was probably about time that I started tying them onto support wires to try to ensure that the branches (now excitingly laden with flower buds) would be held straight and horizontal. I’m not quite sure that my last minute attempt to do this using string will work, if nothing else then because the branches are growing every which way because they haven’t been trained from the beginning, but I’ll keep an eye on the harvest and can always start from the appearance of the first leaves next year after the canes have been cut back .

The first string goes up

You’ll note that after doing the raspberries in my sleeper planters, I thought I had better tie in my Tayberry too, so I created a support using two canes and more string which will helpfully hold these glorious 2 inch long fruits steady in the air!

Both raspberry canes and the Tayberry are now tied in


Finally, it’s come to my attention that I’m not the only one that loves the raspberry patch. It’s become Dahlia’s favourite new place for a shady snooze! There’s something about foliage that cats can’t get enough of. 

Dahlia hiding in the raspberry patch

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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