Thursday, March 31, 2011
A Berry Time at the Plots!!
I spent several hours at the plots on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday I was planning to finish installing the bunny fencing. That didn't happen, I spent most of the time moving the raspberries. They were everywhere in the back of the plots.
Here are two rows of raspberries. The row on the right was there, I had removed all the dead canes and trimmed them a while back. I only had to move one clump from that row since it was too close to one of the beds. The row on the left I planted from canes that were here and there.
You can see in this picture that all of the bunny fencing was finally finished on Wednesday!!
I planted some more canes that I found to the left of the blackberries. I know that all the raspberries are going to need some more attention and some supports. They are nice and tidy and out of the way for now though. I call this area of the plots...Berry Alley.
I still have some canes left over that I dug up on Tuesday.
I am going to plant the canes that I have at home and the canes that I have left over in that nice big space behind this row. The row will run perpendicular to this one. Hopefully I will be able to get that area prepared this weekend.
As you can see, the raspberries are budding! If all the raspberries survive....we are going to have a lot of berries!! That means lots of raspberry jam...yum!!!
After finishing the bunny fencing on Wednesday, I put a lot of peat moss, sand and some manure in the strawberry bed. The PH was a little higher then strawberries like.....so, I am hoping that the peat and manure will lower it a bit. I also added some bone meal and dried blood to this bed and Bed #5. The strawberry bed and the bracsia bed are now ready to be planted.....now if only mother nature will cooperate!!
I also want to introduce to everyone a local Pennsylvania gardener Jody, who started a blog last week. Please welcome him into the wonderful world of blogging and visit his new garden blog, Spring Garden Acre!