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Sharing my tips on growing Raspberries

 
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I am learning as much as I can about berries.
I just read something new I wanted to share here on the board since I haven't heard it before.

http://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6546

'If you plan to do a sheet mulch this year for your Raspberries (which by the way, are my favourite berry!) Be sure to leave about and inch (2.54 cm) around the canes where you don't mulch (by mulch I mean: leave, manure and what have you (don't forget the leaves!))

If you touch the canes with the mulch some decay of the canes can occur.'



I wish I had read this before the two weeks of rain we had a few weeks ago.

I also have put down about a inch of compost with manure in it all around the plants touching their canes.

Will be using wood chips as a mulch from now on.
I would think it is OK around the canes but still going to push back around each cane an inch to be safe!
 
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every year i top dress last years mulch. i put compost then cover w/ chips every spring over last years compost and chips. breaks down to a nice black soil the plants love! i keep the compost and mulch at least a few inches from the canes.
 
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Steve, do you leave space between the canes and the the mulch? I have 1000 raspberry plants to mulch and am wondering if it is worth the extra effort to clear that space around the canes or not.
 
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steve bossie wrote:every year i top dress last years mulch. i put compost then cover w/ chips every spring over last years compost and chips. breaks down to a nice black soil the plants love! i keep the compost and mulch at least a few inches from the canes.



thanks
 
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Ha- silly me 😊 I read that, then must have promptly forgot...thanks!
 
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