Too late for raspberries?

The view this time last year The view as it is today

Apologies for lack of service of late. I was having so much Yuletide ‘fun’ that doing anything productive became impossible. Harrumph.

Thought I’d look back, as one does in early January, and think about what I’ve achieved – in allotment terms – over the last 12 months. The startling, but not unexpected answer: not a lot.

One thing, I guess, that IS different: the patch of new land I acquired in Jan 2009 has finally been brought fully under cultivation. Got a row of asparagus planted in it (just visible here towards the back), plus the new globe artichokes. Also dug it all over during the Christmas break so it can be properly planted in April.

Just one question: Planted with what? I had planned to bung in some raspberries, but I’m guessing it’s too late for that now… or is it?

8 Responses to “Too late for raspberries?”

  1. Carrie Says:

    It’s fine to plant raspberries at this time of the year as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Oh you have to have raspberries they were my favourite thing last year! Well done you for the hard work, looking good x

  2. altadenahiker Says:

    I’ve learned many things here, including how to spell Harrumph.

  3. Magic Cochin Says:

    If I’d done half that I’d be crowing about it!

    Go plant those Raspberries… now… before you start maoning about the soil being frozen solid.

    Have fun chosing your crops for 2010
    Celia

  4. Jo Says:

    Raspberries are fine to be planted at this time of year. I’d like to get some on my plot but it’s frozen solid at the moment.

  5. Mal's Allotment Says:

    Mal’s Allotment Says:

    Couldn’t resist posting a pic of my new raspberry canes, SM.

    http://malsallotment.blogspot.com/2010/01/in-deep-mid-winter.html

    I’m not gloating though because my broad beans and shallots missed the deadline before the big freeze arrived!

    January 9th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

  6. Soilman Says:

    Is it raspberries or a row of sticks, Mal?!?!?

    Did you know that commenting on your blog is very restricted? Only folks on Blogger or WordPress or other recognised platforms can leave a comment. Is this your intention?

  7. Mal's Allotment Says:

    “Is this your intention?”

    No, SM, but it’s already stretching the limit of my technical ability…

    And as for the canes, its what’s going on under the soil level that counts. Yes they are an autumn (primocane) variety so I am hopeful of picking fruit before the year is out!!?!!?

  8. David Kinniburgh Says:

    For Autumn fruiting raspberries, I’d recommend the newish variety Polka (cf Autumn bliss). They are vigorous and produce nice big fruits with a good flavour (IMHO).