Hooray! At last the allotment weather gods have been on our side. Today was it, that day we’ve all been waiting for… we finally got the raspberry canes tucked into their beds. Ever since they were purchased back in November the elements and social engagements have conspired against us. Either too wet or frozen solid the allotment gods just weren’t smiling on us. Well today was the big day, a good spell of dry weather, milder temperatures everything perfect. However as ever with these things it came with a catch, it weren’t ‘arf windy!
Battling against 36 kmph winds I tucked straight into the job at hand. Started by digging a trench for the summer raspberries, the variety we went with was Tulameen as we’ve always enjoyed this variety when bought in supermarkets and after a bit of research made our decision. As the earth of our allotment at the best of times isn’t the most hospitable (fairly heavy clay) we decided to back-fill the trenches with an organic peat free garden compost from Homebase. To give them a good start in life we had already manured the bed earlier in winter but to give a kick start I also sprinkled some good ole chicken poop pellets in the bottom of the trenches (not fun in the wind, pee-eww)
After letting the bare-root canes have a good soak I set about laying them out. Due to my classic miss calculations with spacing I had to opt with a lesser spacing of around 13-15″ rather than the pretty generous reccommended 18″. A bit of a gamble but hey-ho just a bit of shoulder rubbing I’m sure they’ll be fine? Support wise Mr Wilson will be working he’s wonders tomorrow to add a tension wire support fence for the Summer raspberries but have opted to the let their autumn sisters spread unsupported.
So that was the Summer rasp’s in, time for cuppa and repeat the process for the Autumn canes. The variety we plumped for as an alternative to the usual, Autumn Bliss we decided on the up-and-coming contender for the crown, Polka.
So there you have it, I can now sleep soundly knowing we’ve got our Rubus idaeus’ in. Tomorrow the Minarette fruit trees big day? …watch this space.