Regular visitors may remember that our summer fruiting raspberries were wiped out this year.
This was a bit of a blow as we love raspberries. We did harvest lots of purple fruiting raspberries but these are smaller than the traditional varieties, so it's not really the same.
Fortunately our two varieties of autumn fruiting raspberries were not affected by the rotting disease. They are in a different position but I have read that they are less susceptible to root rot.
Now I have to eat humble pie and make a public apology. In the past I haven't rated the yellow variety Allgold. It had produced smallish berries which were easily damaged in wind and rain. Being disappointed with its performance we had considered digging up the bed but this year, (with little wind or rain to spoil things) All Gold has been a star. The canes are loaded with good sized clean berries.
So All Gold - I apologise unreservedly.
The red Joan J is also producing a good crop of large juicy berries.
So we have our raspberry crop at last - now we need to think about replacing the summer fruiting varieties and also decide what we can plant in the old raspberry bed that won't be affected by Raspberry Root Rot (Phytophthora fragariae)
PS: We carried out a mega harvesting session yesterday see Martyn's blog here