Keeping Up With the Raspberry Plant in Your Garden

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Raspberries are one of the staple foods of Spring and Summer, and nearly everyone eats them. The explosion of flavor across your tongue makes these berries nearly impossible to resist. It�s for this reason that the raspberry plant is one of the most popular plants for gardens�and you can find them at nearly every nursery or home improvement store in the United States.

Each region of the United States has its own preferred variety of raspberries and you should find out what the best plant variety is for your area before growing your own in your garden. Another tip for growing is to make sure that your beds are raised, so your plant can enjoy moist, well-drained soil all the time�this will also help to eliminate the chance of root rot, which would destroy your plants and keep you from enjoying the fruit.

But there�s more to securing a palatable berry treat than simply plopping the plant in some elevated dirt (if you can�t even do that, you should stick to the grocery store pints).

One of the most important things you can do to ensure you�ll grow luscious fruit over a long period of time is to select an ever-bearing raspberry plant. The ever-bearing variety ensures that your plant will be producing fruit from July through the middle of Fall. But that doesn�t mean you can simply leave your plant alone and it will do all of the work for you.

This fruit-bearing beauty needs plenty of attention. The fruit will grow quickly throughout the summer and depending on the number of plants you have in your garden, you may be picking up to 2 gallons of raspberries per day during the summer months. You may feel a bit fatigued by the number of raspberries growing in your garden, but your raspberry plant will only yield what you allow it to�if you do not keep up with the constant growth on the fruit, your plant will lose its rhythm and will produce less fruit during the first and subsequent years of production.

Your raspberry plant will provide you with the love and beauty you desire if you provide it the much needed support it desires. These plants cannot be left to their own devices as they become heavy with leaves and fruit. If you provide a trellis for your plants, you can be sure that they will have the support they need and with bow and break under their own weight. A trellis can also provide your plant protection from the elements�high winds can destroy this delicate plant.

Don�t forget to give your plant plenty of room to grow. The roots of each raspberry plant should be given a hole one foot deep by one foot wide to give the plant room to take root without other plants honing in on its space.

Once you�ve set up your garden and selected a root that looks lively, you�ll be ready to start growing bundles of your own berries!

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Author: Tammy Sons

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