Among the easiest of all fruits to grow, raspberries offer gourmet eating in a variety of colors and flavors. From the robust black and purple varieties to the sweet reds and delicately-flavored yellows, these berries offer rich nutrition and delectable flavor on upright shrubs that seldom need staking. Choose from summer-bearing varieties, which offer one large crop a year, and everbearing, which offer two smaller crops -- one in early summer and one in late summer to fall.
Plant these bushes 2 to 3 feet apart in rich, loose, well-drained soil, setting the crown an inch or two beneath the soil line. Water them in well, and continue to give about an inch of water a week throughout the spring and summer seasons. In late winter, prune the shrubs back hard to half a dozen canes.
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