March 24, 2023

Pruning the Raspberry Bushes

Another pruning task can be checked off the list - my raspberry bushes are done.

I love growing all kinds of berries and have been growing them for many years. I currently have large patches of red raspberries, golden raspberries, black raspberries, currants, gooseberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. 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 and it helps to control diseases that might otherwise spread. My gardener, Brian O'Kelly, took on the task of pruning the raspberries this week - trimming the old canes and branches back to get the bushes ready for next season.

Here are some photos - enjoy.