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And today I'm gonna show you guys this is part two of how to tie your raspberries and mulch them and get them ready for summer harvest .
So , as you can see here , these ones , we have just tied and these ones have not been tied up .
So you can see how they're sprawling all over the wind blows .
They go every which way .
And so you want to have them tied up because when these start to bear leaves and they get the fruit on them , they're not tied up , they're just going to go over to the ground .
It pulls on the roots and it weakens the root system and you don't want the canes to break off and you don't want all of your fruit down on the ground where it can get mildewy , bugs will get to it , more slugs , um you know , birds and that kind of thing and it's a lot easier to pick when they're up here .
And so you can just pick your berries .
So that's a couple of different reasons why we tie them up .
So today I have my daughter and she's gonna help us and she's gonna be showing you how to help .
We tie up our canes here .
So you can use any kind of string .
The cheapest and easiest that we found to use is just jute tw , regular jute tie .
You can get it craft stores , you can get it at hardware stores .
The most important thing though is that you have some kind of trellis in place to actually tie your canes too .
So we have one wire that's up here that's taller and then another strand that's down here and it's lower and they're anchored to fence coats .
So we have a fence post down on that end of the row .
We have one right here in the middle .
We have a little metal one right there and then we've got the one on this end .
So you want to make sure that you have a good trellis system and that it's anchored to something solid so that it can hold all of that weight of all the berries because once we get all the leaves on and the berries , it's actually quite a bit .
So when you're doing it , you want to gather up and if you have some canes that are coming out too far here , out of the row , then you want to trim those up .
We want to keep the canes that are more towards the center and all in a row .
So what we're going to do is I gather up about 5 to 8 canes at a time .
It just reach through here and we're going to gather them up .
And the first tie that you do , the very first tie that you do is going to be down on this bottom trellis piece .
So Maddie's going to come through here with her piece of twine and you're going to take one piece of the twine and go under and one goes over it so that it holds it in place and we just do a simple double knot and you're just going to tie them fairly tight , not too tight together so that it holds the bottom part in place here .
Tide in those there .
And then we go up to the top part here and you're going to gather them at the top and then you're going to take them over .
So we just go over and you're gonna bend them and they're a little bit stiff , but not too bad and you bend them over like stiff and you can have them going all one way arcs are fairly fit .
This rose stand here for about six years .
So we just kind of go to where the next open spot is .
So on this next step that we tie , we'll probably arch them that way .
So you just arch them over and hold them and then you're going to tie them where they're arched here on the very top wire , the top part of your trellis again , one piece of the twine goes over and one goes under so that it's tied onto the trellis there .
Ok , guys .
So I wanted to get a little bit closer .
So you can actually see some of the tie work on the trellis .
So this is the bottom part and you can see where they're tied there to the bottom section of the trellis and then we just travel up and then you can see where it arches over and it's tied there again .
So we arch over and tie and then the next one because these are fairly close together , goes up and it arches this way and then we have it tied there .
So you can kind of see how that goes .
We we're arching opposite of each other so that we have enough room for the berries and for the canes there on the system .
And so then I was gonna show you .
So this is our base post here .
We have a metal one and that's what the cello system goes off of and kind of give you the long shot there all the way down to the end .
So the next thing that we want to do is you want to mulch your raspberries um down at the bottom .
As you can see , we didn't mulch last year and our chickens are free ranging and they made a very big , lovely mess um and really dug out and exposed a lot of the roots in the bottom part of the cane , which we don't want .
So we're going to take in , we put some fresh , we filled in some of the holes with fresh dirt from the garden .
And so we had to fill in some of the holes where they'd been right here with there as you can see .
And so we're going to take shavings and we're going to do them pretty deep through here .
A pretty deep mulch .
And the reason for that is because in the summer time , a good mulch is going to stop the grass from coming up through .
And then it's also going to help hold in the moisture which we need during the summer months when rain is kind of scarce , it's going to help hold in the moisture .
And so it's going to create a healthier berry plants .
And so the other thing that we want to do raspberries like acidic soil .
So you want to make sure that the shavings you're using are from something that's acidic .
So we really prefer fur is acidic and is a great soil or great option on your shavings to build up your soil .
So I'm lucky my dad has a saw mill and he had some fur shaving .
So we went down and shoved them earlier and brought them down .
So that's what we're going to put on here .
And you really do want to do like a really nice , thick , thick layer .
So I'm going to show you here , gonna put it all in there and I'm gonna do a couple , a couple shovelfuls actually per area because we want this to be nice and thick .
And if you haven't fertilized your plants or they need to be fertilized , go ahead and do that .
Now , when you're putting down your mulch , ours are pretty good .
They have pretty fertile soil here .
So we'll actually fertilize them next year .
The chickens as they were running around and digging their holes did a pretty good job of that for us on their own .
So right now , we're just filling all of this in with our shaving and so you can see that we're going and I'm covering up all of the canes that we had um pruned .
So these are last year's canes that we pruned out .
And so I'm actually covering all that up and you can see this is about 6 to 7 inches of mulch that we're putting down of chipping .
And so you want to make sure that you get a good , nice deep layer and then that my friends is all you have to do to your raspberries until they start producing and they come out and start picking up .
Thank you so much for watching our video and we hope that you'll join us on our next installment next week .