thanks for the info ice. veddy eeenterestink. i have pink and red everbearing canes, and black early summer bearing ones. i've never been able to keep up with picking, but my new neighbors seem to be eager to help. my berry boxes are on the border of our 2 properties, and i've made friends with 2 of the little old korean grannies that moved in. it feels like a scene from "lost in translation" at times. communicating is tough as they know very little english, and i need to be careful repeating some korean words a co-worker has taught me (for instance, i recently found out that a favorite korean dish, called joo mul luk, is also slang for getting to 2nd base with a girl because of the way you massage the meat. boy was i embarrassed when i mentioned it in the wrong way to them. fortunately, they own a restaurant, and understood after some 'splainin)
but ever since i offered them a few of my extra tomato, basil, and pepper plants, we are becoming fast friends, mostly using hand signals to describe our ideas. i also made the mistake of referring to white eggplants as japanese eggplants. they both said in a gruff "no! white korean eggplant", then muttered something about the japanese. lol.
anyway, the raspberries are spreading, sending root shoots into their yard, and they asked for help to cultivate them on thier side of the fence. i'm having a hard time trying to explain that they need to condition their soil as the contractor that built the house barely put down any good topsoil over the clean fill.
so, until i can learn korean for soil, compost, and n-p-k, i have offered to them to pick from my canes.
they seem to really like raspberries