Raspberries require their own patch, but I'm looking around to see if I can find a spot to stake out for these little beauties. I'm tired of paying the prices at the grocery store and finding more mold than berry in the box.
It used to be difficult to grow raspberries, but now there are a couple of relatively new hybrids that require no staking and yield a heavy crop from late summer until late fall. 'Heritage Red Fall Raspberry' and 'Kiwi Gold' can be weed-whacked to the ground in the spring, and will produce berries from the new canes in August.
Oh, I'm also trying to determine where I can hide these bushes from the deer ...
I read about Judy Weymouth, winner of the New Year's Resolution contest for Park Seed, who vowed not to plant Nicotiana ever again, and I wondered why. Last year, I planted it and it was fragrant and beautiful. I had it right next to the tomato plants, and while they performed terribly due to a major insect infestation, the Nicotiana was stunning.
Reading about Judy's experience, she pointed out that the lovely nighttime fragrance of the Nicotiana was attracting lots of moths - sphinx moths. These are they parents of the tomato hornworm! So I'm moving the tomato plants and keeping the Nicotiana near the back door where we can enjoy the fragrance in the evenings. Lesson learned.
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