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Raspberry Patch with Custom Trellis

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Project by ThorinOakenshield posted 683 days ago 6721 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This raised garden bed is made from pine and the Trellising is red cedar. We used 9 gauge wire (overkill I know but we had it on hand from the grape trellis system we are making. And we anchored the wire using these one way wire anchors.

We have 2 black berry plants on the close (or left) and two red raspberry varieties on the far side (or right). We will plant a golden raspberry in the middle.

All the trellis construction was done custom by me. :) We wanted something that was low maintenance, added value to our property and could grow something that anyone would want to eat.

-- - Thorin Oakenshield "King Under the Mountain"



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ThorinOakenshield

6 posts in 683 days
hardiness zone 6

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MsDebbieP

14675 posts in 2575 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 682 days ago

I like it!

I have to rig up something next year for my raspberries so that they don’t reach out and grab passers-by.
I like the look of this!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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ThorinOakenshield

6 posts in 683 days
hardiness zone 6

posted 682 days ago

Thanks MsDebbieP. We just purchased this home with the nice back yard and are thrilled with the space to plant things. Looks were a huge factor in this trellis. I do wood working for a hobby so it was fun for something I could display for my family in the yard.

We went to a commercial raspberry orchard to do some self picking for my daughters birthday and their trellis system was very simple. They let the plants grow free and then they put strings on either side of the plant rows and lifted the plants up and put metal clasps on to bring the two strings together near the plants. Very basic. I couldn’t find a picture on the web to reference it.

-- - Thorin Oakenshield "King Under the Mountain"

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MsDebbieP

14675 posts in 2575 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 682 days ago

sounds like a good plan.

I’ll tuck the ideas away for next year!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1955 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 682 days ago

I’ve seen similar “V” designs suggested in magazines, and your’s does look great. My one raspberry plant isn’t going to need much I don’t think (the two others didn’t make it).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1955 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 677 days ago

I found a video of basically what I read in Fine Gardening magazine – think you’ll find it very informative, though maybe a bit premature for your stock (as with mine – no fruit this year).

http://www.finegardening.com/item/21066/video-how-to-prune-raspberies

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1838 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 676 days ago

That looks like an attractive, easy and efficient way to keep the canes upright. I know from experience, it is much easier to harvest them when they are not all drooped over from the weight of the berries. From the photo, it looks like you have lots of room in that yard, I wonder what other plants you might decide to plant?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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ThorinOakenshield

6 posts in 683 days
hardiness zone 6

posted 675 days ago

Thanks for the video justjoel.
Radicalfarmergal – we are planning on blueberries, grapes, peaches, a dwarf apple tree, and several raised garden beds in the spring for vegetables and fruits.

-- - Thorin Oakenshield "King Under the Mountain"

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1838 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 675 days ago

Sounds like you have made some delicious choices. I look forward to photos and stories as you develop your garden.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Vince Kirchner

192 posts in 1364 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 674 days ago

Very attractive addition to any back yard, cannot wait to see it with berries.

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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rdawdy

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posted 572 days ago

Nice berry patch. What are the dimensions

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ThorinOakenshield

6 posts in 683 days
hardiness zone 6

posted 566 days ago

Covered in snow right now but I am pretty sure that it is somewhere in the ballpark of 16-18ftft long X 2.3 ft wide. For reference, when looking at the pictures, I used a 4’‘x4’’ (3.5 X 3.5) piece of cedar for the posts. And the trellis appears to extend about 2 fence sections (see in background; each about 8ft if neighbor did it right). Hope that helps.

-- - Thorin Oakenshield "King Under the Mountain"

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timcosupply

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posted 545 days ago

Fabulous project. I really appreciate you taking the time to post this and to give the link for me, I sell these vises and I am really appreciative of all the people that see this and buy from me. We are a small family owned business and when a project like this gets posted and shared, we see an increase in sales. Thanks again! And please let me know if I can use your photos on my website and galleries. I will give you credit for it.

-- Misty Owner Timco Supply

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quicksilver

29 posts in 463 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 460 days ago

Raspberries are so good fresh.
I grew up eating them right off the vines.
Learned to leave the bees alone and watch out for the stickers when I was five.
Our Raspberry patches looked something like yours back in the day.
At one point we were getting a colander full every three days. 60 ft of vines.
Had to give them away, too.
The argument was about how to end the season. Cut the vines off at the ground or leave them for the winter.
Thanks for bringing back those memories.
Best of luck this year.
By the way, where are the bees?

-- Quicksilver

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