Pruning the Wild Berry... How?
I'm digging into the topic of wild berry management.
Here in our Michigan yard we have tons of wild black raspberries. Our neighbors have wild blackberries. Very different critters! In our garden we have everbearing red raspberries---these are also very robust and easy to care for. Both types taste great. The garden variety are winning me over, though---they're seedless and have such a lovely, subtle flavor and smell. Perfect raspberries. The wild ones is suppose are somewhat limited in appeal by their seediness. But how to take care of both these crops? I'm trying to figure it out! I'll report back on what I find.
The main maintenance is pruning. The canes are either, well, this year's or last year's and there is tipping and side-shoots. Maybe there's also the parts that have fruited. I'm still lost. There are several approaches. I'll report on the simplest and easiest to understand. I'm getting close!
I've been googling a lot and studying Martha's "Master Gardener" book. It's not easy! (Primocane, floricane? Help?)
The first thing is that dead canes are removed. Volunteers are pulled out or transplanted.
Here's one thing: a raspberry leaves its cap behind and has a hollow, fragile shape when picked. My impression is that raspberries have "fuzzy" prickers on their stems, that aren't too harsh. In contrast, a berry comes off with the cap inside it and stem sticking out---it's a stronger unit. Berry canes have harsh thorns, like roses, that will really nail you.
Later with more...