Raspberry & Blueberry Planting Instructions

Overview

Delicious fresh berries from your own back yard have an excellent taste when compared to the blander supermarket berries available. Because of this, many gardeners choose to grow their own berries so they can enjoy homegrown berries year after year for free. If you haven't grown them before, plan to grow about four plants per household member in a full sun area with good drainage to ensure you have enough berries to go around.

Step 1

Dig a hole for each plant approximately 1 foot wide by 1 foot deep. Space your blueberries 4 feet apart and raspberries 2 feet apart for each plant. Rows should be 4 feet apart for both types of berries.

Step 2

Replace half to two-thirds of the soil from the holes with aged manure or compost. Mix the manure or compost well with the existing soil.

Step 3

Plant the blueberry and/or raspberry plants into each hole with the ground level even with the top of the root ball. Lightly press the soil around each plant to make sure the hole is full and the plant is stable.

Step 4

Soak the soil in each hole around the plants sufficiently to encourage the roots to grow deep. Water deeply each week to ensure the plants have water available.

Step 5

Add a ring of mulch around the base of your plantings 3 inches deep using a bark mulch for raspberries and a pine needle mulch for the blueberries. The mulch should help retain water and keep weeds out.

Step 6

Ensure you keep the area weed-free and watered with regularity through the first year. In the second year you should expect to find fruits on the old branches and canes.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Tape measure
  • Aged manure or compost
  • Raspberry plants
  • Blueberry plants
  • Water
  • Mulch (bark and/or pine needle)
  • Garden trellis, if desired

References

  • "Vegetable Gardening: Your ultimate guide"; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
  • "Growing Fruit and Vegetables;" Richard Bird; 2003
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