February 21, 2018

Pruning My Black Raspberry Bushes

Pruning chores are in full swing at my Bedford, New York farm.

I love growing berries and have been growing them for many years. I have several large patches of red raspberries, golden raspberries, black raspberries, gooseberries, and currants. Many berries are best eaten raw, but they can be used in a variety of ways - as ingredients in jams and jellies, pies and tarts, and delicious summer juices. For the best yields from these plants, it's crucial that berry bushes be pruned properly and regularly. Pruning produces larger berries in greater volumes - it also helps to control diseases that might otherwise spread through the berry patches.

Wilmer took on the task of pruning the black raspberries lat week. Here are some photos - enjoy.