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Introducing: Berry Beds

Last spring, my cousin Jeanne told me that she wanted to put in a raspberry patch. It’s one of those things that sounds like a good idea — like running a country B&B. But I could imagine the patch, like so many I have seen, becoming an unruly, weedy mass that nobody wants to deal with. What Jeanne needed, I thought, was a raised bed raspberry patch.

Blueberries

Raspberry Bed

The Raspberry Bed includes built-in supports to keep canes upright.

Last spring, my cousin Jeanne told me that she wanted to put in a raspberry patch. It’s one of those things that sounds like a good idea — like running a country B&B. But I could imagine the patch, like so many I have seen, becoming an unruly, weedy mass that nobody wants to deal with. What Jeanne needed, I thought, was a raised bed raspberry patch.

  • A narrow bed would keep the planting area concentrated and allow for access all around. Pruning and harvesting would be easy
  • Raised beds would be filled with fresh soil, ensuring that the plants get a good start.
  • Weeds could be controlled with a minimum amount of effort.
  • Supports could be added to the edges of the bed so the canes wouldn’t flop out into the lawn.

I came to work, ready to share my brilliant idea, when I saw the early versions of our summer catalog. The folks on our merchandising team were way ahead of me. They had, in fact, designed four raised beds for perennial crops. They’re just what my cousin needs to create a productive, easy-care berry patch that will last for years and years.

So, if you dream of a bowlful of sweet berries or a plate of tender asparagus, start with a raised bed:

Raspberry Bed: Considering the price of fresh raspberries, you might be surprised at how easy they are to grow. They’re pricey because they have a short shelf life — a problem for commercial growers but not if you’re harvesting from your own backyard. Our cedar Raspberry Bed is 8 x 2 ft. and 7″ deep. The bed has room for five plants. Special feature: an integrated support system to keep the rambling raspberry plants contained and upright.

3-Tier Strawberry Bed: Designed to match our other cedar raised beds, this pyramid planter is sized to fit 25 strawberry plants for a big yield in a small space, but it’s also ideal for flowers, herbs or greens. Decorative enough to sit in your dooryard, the bed’s rustproof aluminum corners and rot-resistant cedar sides are sturdy and long-lasting. Tiers are 1, 3 and 5 feet square; all are 7.25″ deep.

Blueberry Bed: Freshly harvested blueberries are nutritious, delicious — and expensive at the market. Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow and the tidy shrubs look nice in the landscape, too. Our Blueberry Bed is a 3 x 6 ft. cedar raised bed with rustproof aluminum corners, and, because blueberries require acidic soil, we’ve included a pH test kit and 5 lb. bag of soil acidifier.

Asparagus Bed: Grow delicious, fresh asparagus in any sunny spot. This 2 x 8 ft. bed is 7″ depth is the ideal size for asparagus and makes tending the plants much easier.

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David Grist
Gardener’s Supply

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 14, 2011    

    I grow blackberries in large pots and they do really well. Each year, I cut them back. I have a trellis for them to climb on.

    I really love blueberries because they are pest resistant. I tend to have snails in my garden, the snails won’t even touch them. Yippee.

  2. Zee
    February 15, 2011    

    Nice Article, So Much Info I know from this article..

    Maybe u can visit my blog too http://gardens-zee.blogspot.com/ there is more info about garden..

    Thanks Before :)

  3. February 21, 2011    

    I am ready to give the Raspberry raised bed a try. Start small, big results. My last efforts were a failure so this will be great. I also have five blueberry plants that are doing ok, but not great in the same area. I will turn that into a raised bed also so can maintain proper ph balance. Thanks David!

  4. March 19, 2011    

    I have a patch of unruly blackberries. Ugh. Wish I would have planted them in raised beds! This year, I plan on starting an asparagus patch in a raised bed… maybe some strawberries as well. Can’t wait!

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