Sunday, 21 March 2010

Raspberries planted out

I constructed supports for our raspberries using the single fence with parallel wires approach. This system is well suited to autumn-fruiting raspberries, and increases yield in a small space for summer-fruiting raspberries. Tying in of canes is not necessary as picking is made more difficult, and there is a greater chance of fungal problems in the more crowded conditions. 

Drive 2.5m (8ft) long and 75mm (3in) diameter posts into the ground to a depth of 75cm (30in) at 5m (15ft) intervals. Attach two short horizontal lengths of timber to each post, one at the top, and one 60cm (2ft) below. Stretch 12 gauge (3.5mm) galvanized wire in parallel lines along the ends of the horizontal lengths of timber to create two parallel lengths of wire along the fence. Stretch thin wire or garden twine between the parallel galvanized wires as cross ties, every 60cm (2ft) along. The late raspberry canes do not need tying in, as they will be supported by the parallel wires and cross ties. 

Our raspberries are the early R. 'Malling Minerva', the main crop 'Glen Fyne' and the late R. 'Brice', left, we expect to get some fruit from Brice this year, but the first two are there this year to get established.


  1. What do you mean by "the single fence with parallel wires approach?"

    Thanks, Dean

  2. I have added a photo showing the single posts and cross pieces that support the twin wires. Hope that helps.