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Raspberry shoots

Raspberry shoots

Raspberry shoots

When we first came to live here 6 years ago, one of the first things I planted was raspberries.

Rightly or wrongly (probably wrongly), I planted them in the main flowerbed.

It’s nice to have them right by the house to pick, but it makes tending other plants fraught with danger.

Walking round roses to prune them, I’m very likely to step on one of these tiny raspberry shoots.

The canes have suffered enough from the cold, without the added disadvantage of my great hooves!

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  1. March 17, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Don’t the birds eat all your raspberries if you don’t have them netted?

    • March 17, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      No, they don’t, strangely enough, or hardly at all. I wonder if it might possibly be due to the high wall of the house being right next to the patch which affects their flight path or their feeling of safety or something. We had a very successful raspberry patch where I grew up in Cambridge that the birds left alone – the house was quite close there as well. It’s just a theory!

      Our cherries and nectarines on the other hand are out in the open and the jays and blackbirds go for them. We have to take it on the chin with the nectarines because it’s a big tree. So far there haven’t been enough cherries to worry about although I hope that will change!

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