Category: Raspberry Research
The Final Year of Research This year we experienced out first real production from the berries. several varieties produced well, while several others did not produce well at all. The less productive varieties where the same varieties that froze back to the ground last winter. Some varieties produced a late crop in September, but these read more »
The berries came back very strong this spring. We thinned out the canes while they were still dormant and several varieties showed strong growth, although several also froze back to their bases. This winter was relatively mild, with low temperatures never below 0 so the die back was surprising and I am considering a protective read more »
Summary of Progress This spring we completed the trellis building project and set up the berries for trellising. Over the summer we have continued to tie the berries to the T shaped wire trellises – setting the stage for next year’s harvest. Some canes have reached the top wires (at 5′) and continued to grow read more »
This is the harvest record document used to track the harvest record for all berries.
Killarney Red Raspberries Medium size canes, a bit taller than Boyne. Killarney is a light honey-red, and is extremely sweet for a raspberry. In fact, the bees prefer these to all others, which can make picking a bit challenging at times. Tends to bear in clusters that weight down the canes, so support is recommended. read more »
This post is a summary of what happened in the first year of the project. First Year Accomplishments Established planting area for berries Set up complete irrigation system for berries Plant all berries, with ground cover Build Elk/Deer fencing to protect planting Establish website berries.roundearth.com to track all project progress begin building berry trellising Check read more »
Here is a slideshow of some recent photos showing how well established the new berry planting is. For the best view, click the full screen button in the slideshow footer.
Fences & Trellises Work continues in the new berry planting area. The fence is now nearly complete – all the posts are in, with both heights of high tinsel wire stretched and the final lengths of barb going on today. The contractor I hired to do the work has been steadily chipping away at what read more »
Installing the woven ground cover The task of laying the ground cover out, to cover each side of the eight trellised berry rows has begun. I dug the side furrows with the tractor, this furrow takes the outer edge of the ground cover fabric, while the inner edge is pinned down with a 6″ ground read more »
The berries have started to bud out. Encore in particular is already in full leaf, Nova is showing leaves, and the rest of the varieties are just barely exposing buds.