September 27, 2023

Maintaining the Raspberry Bushes

Berry picking season is over now, so it's time to trim the old canes and branches back and get the bushes ready for next year.

I love growing berries and have been growing them for a long time. Here at my Bedford, New York farm, I grow patches of red raspberries, golden raspberries, black raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries, 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 to keep them well-maintained - they need to 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. We do a more aggressive pruning in late winter or early spring before the foliage returns, but recently, my gardener Brian O'Kelly, trimmed the long canes and cut out any unproductive old and dead wood.

Here are some photos - enjoy.