growing raspberries part III: an update!

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It worked! It worked! It TOTALLY worked!!

I was getting really worried for a minute there… Everyday I’d go by the patch, and check on the newly planted canes. And they seemed like a sorry sight; the growing tips all hunched over, some of the leaves going into senescence, and even some canes dying right back & turning black.

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OH NO!! Was I a fool?! The laughing stock of the farmer’s {wives!}?? I mean, I knew I made a mistake, and should have cut the growing tips off right away after planting, to let the canes concentrate on root growth. But, I didn’t. Was the whole raspberry thing going to be a complete waste of time? Even the farmer had no faith…

And then the other day, when I was on berry patrol with the boy, I stopped to check the raspberries. YES! Side shoots were sprouting out of the joints between the cane and the somewhat dead leaves! I couldn’t believe it!! And there were even some new canes sprouting up right out of the earth!

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So, I decided it was time to do what I should have done weeks ago: cut the growing tips off (they were dead anyway), so the plant can put its resources onto the new shoots. While I was at it, I also pruned back all the dead leaves, and pulled those black canes right out of the patch.

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After cleaning up the weeds that had slowly crept in, I gave the canes a good soak with AO Trace Minerals in my watering can. It’s about an 8% solution for foliar spray, or in this case, a drench application, which works out to about 2/3 of a cup of minerals to my full 2-gallon watering can.

A few days later, I witnessed even more growth! Maybe we’ll even have berries by the end of summer..?

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But for now, on the older existing canes, those sweet, sweet raspberries are slowly on their way….

…just joking! This was a few weeks ago. We already ate them all now…

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