|My raspberry patch|
But, before I go any further I want to explain the difference between summer-bearing and fall-bearing raspberries. Summer-bearing are most similar to their wild relatives, producing fruit mid-summer on two year old canes. Fall-bearing (also known as ever-bearing) raspberries can produce fruit twice a year. The new canes produce fruit the fall of their first year and then again the following year mid-summer.
I was both ignorant and in denial the first time I planted raspberries. We initially planted 3 red & 3 yellow ever-bearing plants along the fence between my garden and the neighbors yard. I knew that raspberries were a spreading plant, but for some reason I assumed that they would NEVER cross a fenced property boundary OR invade my garden... denial! It didn't even take the full summer before they invaded both my neighbor's yard & especially my watered garden!
As I did a little more reading I found out that raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and some other veggies are susceptible to the same diseases... ignorant! The last thing I wanted was to have a potential ongoing disease issue in my veggie garden because I had raspberries too close, so we moved them to a new location along the fence (thankfully the above invaded neighbor was happy to harvest from the invaders, so we stayed along the same fence) and added a few canes of summer-bearing raspberries from my mother-in-laws patch.
Yesterday I noticed the first new fall-bearing raspberry shoot as I cleaned out and prepared the bed for this season. Check out my post on maintaining your raspberries for optimal harvest for more information on raspberry maintenance.