Raspberry & Blackberry Home Gardening

grow the best berries

Does walking out to the garden for a handful of just-picked raspberries or blackberries for your breakfast cereal appeal to you? Or perhaps you are interested in filling your freezer with berries you can eat all year long? Blackberries and raspberries take little space in a garden and start to bear fruit the second year after planting. There are numerous berry cultivars with exceptional flavor and hardiness that are perfect for home gardens.

NARBA berry facts home gardening fresh picked blackberries in hand
NARBA berry facts home gardening three raspberries on cane

location matters

When choosing raspberry or blackberry plants for your garden, it is a good practice that you start by checking the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.  The University Extension offices in your county or state may also have recommendations for the varieties that grow best in your area. Expand your search to other nearby states if you don’t have good information more locally.

Expert advice

Below are links to selected on-line home-garden Extension resources from various states. Most of these are applicable to a wider area than the state where they were published.

Some 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 and reliability of information is variable and information may not be applicable to your area.

NARBA berry facts home gardening picking ripe blackberry

Online Resources

Freezing Raspberries & Blackberries