Grow your own: Raspberries

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Grow your own raspberries
Raspberries are a great way to get the kids eating fruit - have them as a snack or stir them into some yogurt with a bit of honey and ta-da! You've got a sweet, healthy dessert.

Did you know?

Raspberries are a great source of antioxidants which help protect against cancer and heart disease. Just another excuse to eat them!

What you'll need

  • Bare root raspberry plants
  • Garden compost or well rotted manure
  • Thin wooden posts
  • Wire
  • Twine
  • Trowel

When to start planting?


When are they ready?

June to August.

Where to plant?

In rich soil - you can improve your soil be raking through some compost or well rotted manure before you plant.

Step-by-step guide

1. Set your bare root plants out in row, 25cm (10in) apart
2. Put a sturdy post at the end of each row and run wires between them
3. Tie canes to the wires with twine next to each plant
4. Once berries appear on your plants, make sure they've got plenty of water as this will help make them nice and juicy.
5. Berries usually ripen from late June. Pick them when they're ripe and wash just before eating.
6. After the first year, prune out all the canes that have fruited and tie in the new canes.


You can buy raspberry plants for around £8 and they'll produce a heavy crop for a few years, so you only need a few.

Top tip for growing

Protect your raspberries with a net before they start to ripen - otherwise the birds will eat them before you get chance!

Goodtoknow's easy gardening rating:

3/5 - easier than you'd expect

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