Growing Raspberries and Blackberries in the Home Garden
Does walking out to the garden for a handful of just-picked raspberries or blackberries for your breakfast cereal appeal to you? Bramble fruit (also called caneberries) take little space and start to bear fruit the second year after planting. And home gardeners have the advantage of being able to choose some of the cultivars that are extremely flavorful but don't hold up in commercial marketing.
Be sure find out what types, varieties, and growing methods do best in your area--many are suited to specific climates and regions. We suggest that you start by checking with Extension in your county or state to see if they have recommendations. Below are links to selected on-line home-garden Exension resources from various states. Most of these are applicable to a wider area. Note that some publications may be a bit out of date and may not include the most current cultivar recommendaitons.
Some of the nurseries also provide detailed planting and care information on their websites. An online search will also turn up lots of other information, including YouTube videos, but be aware that the quality is variable and information may not be applicable to your area.
Consider joining NARBA's Growing Raspberries & Blackberries Facebook Group, which is an open group for anyone interested in raising caneberries, whether home gardener or commercial grower.
The "Growers" section of this website also offers links to nursery sources, berry problem diagnostic tools, and commercial production guides that you may find helpful.