We thinned the shoots in the bagged raspberries to 4 to 5 shoots per container. All of the raspberries lived through the winter although one or two may need to be replaced in the future. The work is done for the project funded by the MDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
The raspberries in grow bags were fertilized today with 1 Tablespoon 14-14-14 Osmocote per bag. All plants survived the winter. Next week we will thin the shoots to 4 per bag and make an assessment of plant size at this point. Hopefully all bags will eventually have 4 primocanes per bag.
We set the growing degree day (GDD) clock to ZERO today, April 1st, when we begin accumulating GDD base 50 from now on. April 1 is usually when grape buds begin to expand, although it can be earlier or later in any given year.\