While R gets on with things more green, I bash on with infrastructure works (bash being descriptive of the technical skills employed here). I’ve built a walk-in fruit cage to protect the raspberries from avian attack. The cage even has a hinged entrance door!
But I made an elementary design error: I built the end walls right up against the paths between the canes, so once in the cage there’ll be no way from one row to another once the raspberries are grown. Doh!
The late-planted raspberries are looking sturdy and promising. But we might have made another mistake – mixing summer and autumn fruiting canes in the same patch.
Summer fruiting canes are treated differently from autumn fruiting ones. Autumn canes are chopped (3″ from the ground) in February. Summer fruiting canes fruit on last year’s growth and the canes are cut (3″ from the ground) soon after harvesting in July.
Mixing them in the same patch is tricky. The canes throw up new canes each year and spread quite quickly. After a few years it might be difficult to differentiate between the two strains. However, we have planted them in separate rows, so as long as we remember which is which, we might be OK.