Growing commercial raspberries is a venture that can be profitable for individual farmers. Raspberries are hardy plants that require little extra care for growth, and the fruits can be sold locally for a profit. Develop a business plan that will ensure fresh raspberries will be available for sale, as the fruits are perishable, which can result in lost profits. Once commercial raspberries begin growing, the work that remains is ensuring that the product is sold.
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Things you need
- 4-inch by 4-inch by 5-foot cedar posts
- Raspberry canes
Create rows in the space allotted for growing raspberries. Each row should have a 5-foot cedar post every 3 feet along it. Young raspberry plants need a sturdy support system to ensure that they grow straight.
Dig 2-foot deep holes in each row for the posts and use a sledgehammer to drive the posts into the ground, if necessary. Fill the holes with dirt and make sure that the posts stand up straight.
Use a shovel to dig up the bed in front of the posts to prepare the rows for the raspberries. Remove any rocks, roots, weeds and other plants that are growing there so that the raspberry plants will receive all of the nutrients from the soil.
Add compost to each row and mix it with the soil. Compost will add further nutrients to the ground where the raspberries will grow and help to ensure that they are healthy.
Plant raspberry canes two feet apart along each row of the commercial field. Cover the roots of the raspberry canes with no more than 4 inches of soil and compost. Water the rows immediately after planting to ensure that the canes are held in place.
Hammer one nail into each of the posts along the rows. Leave the nail sticking out of the wood so that it can be used to hold twine in place. The twine will be used to add extra support to the raspberry canes.
Tie twine to each of the nails and loop it around the front and back of each raspberry plant. Leave the twine in place until the raspberries are strong enough to stay upright without the supports.
Add mulch to each row to protect the roots and base of the raspberry plants.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure you have any local permits required for growing and selling commercial food products.
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