|Someday, Lad, |
all this will be yours...
Over the years I've bought and planted a number of raspberry plants, usually on a whim, and usually within a year or two of tearing out the dead stalks of the last raspberry plants that never produced anything for me.
Two years ago I splurged and purchased four at once, which I planted in a circular raised bed in back. Three of them promptly died. No surprise there. But like Swamp Castle, the fourth one stayed up.
It was just a spindly little thing at first. No fruit, but transplants seldom produce their first year anyway. And I was just glad the pathetic thing survived the summer. I was sure it would not survive the winter. But it did, and how. Last year it went crazy, overrunning the whole raised bed, crowding out everything else in it but a couple of ragweeds. No berries in evidence again, but now that I had a raspberry plant that seemed well-adjusted to the yard I could be patient.
This year it's back, twice as big, and sending suckers everywhere. I've already dug and replanted almost a dozen of them along one fence line that I hate to mow, and they seem to be taking to the place like crazy. And wow do I have berries. I picked just over a quart in about 20 minutes this afternoon, and it looks like in a few days I'll have at least another.
Which is all I need to make this really simple raspberry jam I found last week. Given the volume of strawberry-honey I put up last week and the leftover apple, cherry, and blackberry in the pantry, if I can get a case of raspberry half-pints, I might be done with jam for this year before the summer even officially kicks off.
Which reminds me: Five Boy's Mom, if you need some tomato plants, I have a dozen foot-tall plants here that I can give you tomorrow. I have about 30 planted and have no room for any more. Leave me a note if you're interested.
* This doesn't mean that's actually how it was, only that this is how I remember it. My mom's memory is sure to differ.
** Thus they joined rhubarb, blueberries, and a few others in the Might-Have-Been club.