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.
- Growing Berries and Asparagus in Raised Beds
- Growing Backyard Berries
- Protecting Berries From Birds
- How to Grow Asparagus