Jennifer in the strawberry patch
Over the weekend we spent several hours trimming and thinning the raspberries. We cut out most of the old canes since we can now tell the new growth from the old canes. Each year this berry patch grows thicker and thicker so we really did some major pruning. We left about one old cane in each plant that had substantial growth. You can see the new growth and the old brown canes below. We are still hoping for an early crop, but it may be later this year given how aggressive we were.
The new growth should now get plenty of sunlight and air. I'll spend some time this week transplanting the creepers - those wild young plants that have crept outside of their designated row. If you are looking to add to your raspberry patch, or want to start a raspberry patch and you live nearby, let me know and you can come dig some creepers.
I hate to compost these new shoots, but we have limited space for raspberries and need to be able to keep them contained and under the shade cover - during the heat of summer. Now - onto some major weeding and prepping beds for annual vegetable crops.