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Anyone who’s ever tried to grow Raspberries can attest to how messy, disorderly and invasive a raspberry patch can be. Raspberries are called “brambles” for a reason; without constant manicuring they get out of control very quickly. The also have sharp thorns, so they fight back when you try to whip them into shape.

Let us introduce Brazelberry “Raspberry Shortcake”, the world’s first bush-type raspberry. Developed for growing in patio containers, these compact plants produce delicious raspberries on two to three foot bushes instead of long unruly canes. For the first time ever, whether you have an urban balcony or a country estate, you can savor the experience of fresh raspberries from your very own plants.

This carefree raspberry is perfect for children with no thorns to get in the way. They’ll love harvesting healthful fruit right from your patio. You’ll appreciate that there is no trellising or staking necessary like the raspberries you’ve seen before, and the compact shape means no big garden spaces are required. This raspberry produces full-size, nutritious and super sweet raspberries mid-summer.

This dwarf red raspberry produces abundant new canes each spring and fruits on second year canes. In early spring, you should start to see new green sprouts coming up from both soil and on some of the canes. The sprouts from the ground will become canes that fruit next year. All you have to do is cut off all the dead canes at ground level.

Raspberry Shortcake is perfectly suited to large patio containers, and will fill them out no matter the shape. If you choose to plant Raspberry Shortcake in the ground, it will spread a bit more, but nothing like the wild berry patch we all dread. You can leave your suit of armor in the closet.

Here’s our recipe for a low-effort raspberry crop this summer: one “Brazelberry Raspberry Shortcake” raspberry bush, one 15-gallon “Smart Pot”, one bag “Pine Magic Grower’s Secret” two cubic feet, one pound Espoma Holly Tone fertilizer.

Mix the Holly tone and Pine Magic. A wheelbarrow works well for this step. Put half the mixture in the bottom of the Smart Pot. Set the raspberry bush in the center, and fill around it with the rest of the Pine Magic/Holly Tone mixture. Tamp firmly. Set on your patio and water every day for several weeks, and then every few days until the fruit is ripe.

This simple recipe will cost you about $50 total. We guarantee you won’t break a sweat, and you’ll have bowl after bowl of delicious sweet raspberries this season. Next year you’ll have more.

Steve Boehme and his wife Marjorie own GoodSeed Nursery and Landscape, located 9736 Tri-County Highway, near Winchester. More information is available at www.goodseedfarm.com or call (937) 587-7021.

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