Let’s start with a confession…

31 Aug

I neglected the raspberries. Not just a little bit – I planted them in pots along the back fence then abandoned them.

No staking, trellising, fertilising, weeding or attention. I picked a couple of berries late last season, but they didn’t do much in their first season. I’ve been meaning to construct a trellis for them to grow on, but getting the materials home from the hardware store and actually constructing the thing seems quite difficult. You’d thing I’d be able to manage tidying them up and fertilising though,  wouldn’t you?

Well no.

This is the disgrace that is my back yard. The raspberry plants are in the pots along the back fence. The garden in front was holding my capsicums and chillies protected over winter, but they’ve come out of their pots into the front garden bed and I’ve just left the pots sitting there. Imagine an indoor version of this scene and you’ve pretty much got my kitchen.

Each of the pots even seems to have its own unique affliction. The first one has been overtaken with ivy.

And the second with a different weed.

The third seems to be missing from its pot entirely (I blame the chickens for that one), and the next is most definitely a chicken victim.

But when I brought myself to actually examine the plants, they actually look like they are still alive. And not necessarily in the places I was expecting…

There’s a completely new plant in the middle of the garden bed! And when I looked down between the pots, there was another more advanced cane, popping directly out of the ground!

My raspberries have escaped!

How that happened, I really don’t know. The pots seemed pretty sturdy, and the garden bed that they have popped up in is completely lined along the bottom with concrete.

So I guess I’m going to have to construct that trellice, and soon. Unless I want the triffids all over our back yard.

4 Responses to “Let’s start with a confession…”

  1. Lilian August 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Don’t you love surprises like that? I think my blackberry bush is doing the same thing. My blueberry is in a pot and despite much coddling doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of life… you’re doing marvellously with a new bub and tending to the garden. I still haven’t started on spring plantings. And with El Nino on the horizon, I’m not entirely sure my haphazard watering is going to cut it with the veggies this season (unlike last season when God did all the watering for me 🙂

  2. Veggiegobbler August 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Clearly those raspberries saw better dirt on the other side of the pot. Love a confession post. Makes me feel so much better when I see others with the same.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 31, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      There should be more confession posts from me- it’s so easy to show the tidy bits and ignore the messes…

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