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Isn't it fun to get a preview of spring by forcing bulbs to bloom in the house as temporary houseplants? Such a bright and cheery thing to do during the dull gray days of winter. ... See MoreSee Less
A tiny fraction of last summer's abundant harvest of red raspberries. We froze many pints and last night, in mid Feb, had a tasty raspberry crisp! Now we need to tend the bushes, prune away all last year's floricanes, and hope for another generous harvest. ... See MoreSee Less
Kathryn and DavidOn pruning: pruning is complex and interesting. We go into detail in our book What's Wrong With My Fruit Garden (Timber Press, 2013) paraphrased from page 270: raspberries are brambles and each stem (aka cane) only lives for 2 years. The plant produces new canes, called primocanes, every year in spring. The primocanes live throough the winter. In their second year they flower and set fruit and are known as floricanes. Floricanes die after fruiting. So your goal is to prune these 2 year old canes to the ground each winter. You will get lots more fruit if you do this.6 days ago · 1
Spring has sprung. What a joy it is to get back out in the garden when the willows call. ... See MoreSee Less