The Top Ten Reasons I Grow Raspberries
- Easy to grow–they just want good drainage
- Birds prefer blueberries and cherries
- Minimal thorns (if any)
- Sweetness–flavor and perfume that can’t be beat
- Self-pollinating–no need to worry about planting two varieties
- No bending over to harvest–can’t say that about a strawberry
- Easy to prune–just remove last year’s dead canes
- Easy to pick–fruit yields to pull when ripe
- Prolific harvest–a small patch returns a lot of berries
- Freeze well–freeze single layer on cookie sheet, then place in ziploc bags
- Versatile fruit–desserts, smoothies, drinks, vinegar, jams, sherbet, sauces
- Shortcake prefers them (as do I)
Oh, and just one more reason: Good help is easy to find.
Added July 26, 2010: My pal Deb in Juneau, Alaska had some ten-digit deliciousness to show off as well. Her photo technique is ingenious. In my photo-edited pic, I’m all left hands, but Deb proves a more resourceful photographer. She wrote, ” I shot with my chin, used the tongue of the boat trailer to hold the camera.” Yep she’s part great gardener, part gifted MacGyver and all good friend. Thanks Deb — raspberries in Juneau–impressive.