I found it!! Ahhh, makes me feel like spring truly is here just to see this yellow jewel.
I have reds & purples scattered around & really should invest a few more pennies into these. They multiply easily.
I did that with a different patch last spring & was able to get 3 harvests off the plants.
As you can see - we don't have snow to worry about. Actually, we aren't even getting very much in the way of frosts right now (I know that will probably change...).
I like to cut out all the old/dead raspberry canes in February. In this picture, they are the gray canes. They were productive last year but are now dead. They sometimes just snap off, but I get in there with the pruners & also cut out any wimpy stalks or stalks that have grown on a leaning angle. You want to keep the plant healthy & only promote the strongest canes to grow & produce fruit.
I pull out all the weeds & clear quite a bit around the row. I'll leave these (roots up) for mulching. Raspberries like that too.
What a great day to be playing with this lovely sweet smelling stuff!! (well, the juices as the bottom weren't so sweet, but that's all part of getting dirty!)
That's one of the difficulties of applying mulch - the birds will dig through it looking for bugs & they will push it all off the bed or from around some of the 'tender' plants you are trying to protect! ~sigh~
My other raspberry patch on the 'far side' of the property needed some TLC too. This patch is a mess - the black currant bush is growing too close & it's too large. It's not really productive, but I love it so much I don't know what to do with it!
Do I hack it back each year or let it do it's thing & maybe in another few years, it will give me more than just a handful of berries. I need to plant more of them...
I know it's too soon to think about planting, but I thought the leaves would have been more decomposed than this by now.
Do worm hibernate??
|February 2nd - soil temperature is 5 degrees!!!|
But first, rig up the plastic cover - which needs to be rebuilt, rethought & redesigned - it will last maybe this season, depends on the severity of the spring storms. But at least one bed should be enough for early veggies!!
The lettuce I'll start indoors & transplant out when they are large enough. I just wish those seeds would arrive in the mail!!!
Looks like tomorrow is going to be another fabulous day too! Perfect for the first Seedy Saturday event here on the island. I'm blasting out to Qualicum Beach & wonder what sort of treats await me there!! (my wish list includes: crab apple trees, hazelnut shrubs, pear trees, maybe a couple of rhododendrons - scented ones would make my spring!) But maybe I should plant the white mulberry tree I bought there last year before getting any more things in pots!!! I'll have to let you know what I find...