Alan Chadwick a Gardener of Souls

Lecture by Alan Chadwick in New Market, Virginia, 1979


Lecture 15, Part 4: Plant Study, The Raspberry

An Introduction to Alan Chadwick's Lectures and a Glossary of Terms




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Spread out the roots in a shallow trench when planting. Each year, loosen up the bed and path with a fork, and then apply a new mulch of leaves as before. Two types of raspberries, the single fruiting and the double fruiting. Both should be grown in order to have berries all spring, summer, and winter. The summer raspberry fruits on last year's cane. The cane must be pruned out immediately after fruiting. The other, which fruits in spring and fall. A new cane that comes up in the spring will fruit that fall. It will remain live and will fruit again in the following spring. Prune it out after the spring fruiting to provide space for new canes. On both types of raspberries the top most weak growth should be trimmed off in the early spring, but before the buds have broken. Prune back to a strong bud. Never allow more than six canes maximum in each bush. Take out the weakest each fall. The raspberry leaf is excellent for aiding in childbirth. Harvest the fruit as early as possible in the day, but never when there is moisture on the berries. (14:29)



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