As The Trowel Turns… Raspberries!
Last week FAB reader Sarah asked to see pictures of my raspberry patch. Well, lately it’s been a hot spot for the neighborhood kids to hang out. Not only do they pick berries… but they play with our pet chickens as well.
This spring when we ordered baby chicks I decided to house the chickens just outside of the patch. I did this for two reasons. #1 Free fertilizer. 🙂 #2 By having the “chicken run” within the raspberry patch the chickens would be able to take dirt baths to cool down during the long hot months of summer.
I tend to pick raspberries every other day. And when I do… the chickens tend to gather by my feet in hopes I will drop berries to them. Pictured above is a Jersey Giant chicken, she is suppose to grow to a whopping 10+lbs! Yikes!
When I first planted a raspberry patch (a few years ago) I ordered my raspberry canes from Spooner Farms. Everything you could ever hope to learn about how to plant your very own raspberry patch is on their website.
And waited for a patch of berry goodness to erupt. 🙂 The first year you can expect your canes to produce 25% or their capability, the second year around 50% and after that… you’re looking at a full blown berry patch!
Here’s what our berry patch looks like right now (the berry’s should be done in about 2 weeks or so). 🙁 For an initial investment of around $150 for 100 raspberry canes… I think it was money well spent. 🙂
I’m curious… What’s the your favorite thing you’ve ever planted in YOUR garden?
If you’re looking for some FAB recipes to enjoy this summers berry bounty… This is my new favorite book! The Berry Bible: With 175 Recipes Using Cultivated and Wild, Fresh and Frozen Berries
And these… These are my new favorite garden shoes. 🙂 Sloggers Women’s Midsummer Garden Shoe. And Oh Happy Day… they’re currently on sale!