|The fresh green of this year's growth.|
So collecting my bliss is top of the Things I get to do today in the berry patch. The raspberries are finished after four weeks of generous gifts to our table and tummies and a few into the freezer. The last few pickings were not very much fun with the new canes hanging every-which-way, getting in the way and risking being broken off, brittle as they are. Removing the just-finished-baring canes feels good as I put the patch in order and give this year's canes space and support for their fall crop.
|These grew up last summer, released their first berries in|
the fall, and just finished blessing us with this year's crop.
Mulch is a gift to the new growth, holding moisture and releasing its nutrients back into the soil. As I collected the spent canes, their yet-healthy-and-green leaves caught my attention.
|Old leaves stuffed between the canes as mulch. Do not do this|
if there is disease or rust of any kind on your raspberry leaves.
They snapped easily and quickly from the stalks. A generous fistful was tucked between the canes and snugged to the ground. All the spent leaves stripped, and all of them used for mulch. Bliss.