We have always had strawberries in the garden but this year, we've put on our big girl gardening pants (me and Josh's mum, not Josh!) and graduated to raspberries.
Carol (Josh's mum) read that you could plant raspberries in barrels. We didn't have barrels but we do have about 6 million old truck tyres in the yard so figured they would work just fine.
Something you need to know about Carol and myself is that we are ideas people, but we're not suuuuper practical. We go big or go home. So what tends to happen is we get started on our fantastic idea, start digging stuff up and moving things around and then about 15 minutes in, Josh comes and starts supervising/tidying up our mess. It's a great system!
But this time, between us we managed to roll them into place, level them out AND fill them with topsoil!
Just kidding. We rolled them, Josh tidied and we all filled them.
This is approximately the exact moment Josh stepped in.Yay Josh!!And my little baby rosemary in the gap. We planted 3 "Aspiring" raspberrry plants in each tyre just as the barrel method said to do and hopefully once they're established (next summer) we will have 2 harvests - one in summer and one in autumn! SO MANY BERRIES!!! We haven't put frames over them yet but we will soon, which will support them and will also make it easy to cover them in old net curtains or something similar to keep the birds away.
They currently look like we just stuck prickly sticks into the dirt, but they'll look good soon...hopefully!We also moved our blueberries so that we have all the berries in 1 spot. Last year we had a grand total of zero blueberries thanks to the birds eating them all before they were even ripe so hopefully this way they will all be safe! Note: I am 0% sure you can transplant blueberries. Our approach to gardening is "if I don't like where it is I'll move it, and if it dies we'll get another one" It's a winning formula.
We are legit gardeners.Now we just have to wait about 16 months to eat raspberries. Lucky I still have 300kgs in my freezer from last summer!