Raspberries and currants are very useful and tasty berries that are easy to grow in the garden. These crops are better planted in autumn, but they also take root well in spring. Do not delay with the planting of berries, otherwise, the plants will not have time to take root.
When and how to plant raspberries in spring
Raspberry bushes can be planted after the end of frosts when the soil has warmed up enough. It is important not to delay planting because the plant should take root before the first buds appear.
Raspberries should be planted in a sunny and windless place. Also, raspberries grow well in the penumbra, for example, along the fence. It is a moisture-loving plant. If it rains rarely, the bushes should be watered regularly. The distance between two bushes should be at least 50 cm, and between the rows – not less than 1.5 meters.
The soil before planting raspberries is turned over and fertilized with ash. Then, holes of 50 cm depth are dug and long roots are cut. After planting, the seedlings are watered and the soil near the bush is covered with humus or straw.
When and how to plant currants
Like raspberries, currants are planted before the buds open. The first buds on the bushes appear in the middle and second half of May, so you can plant currants in early May.
In spring, plant currants better in the shade, so that the buds blossom later. Currants are a very unpretentious culture, but they do not tolerate high levels of chlorine in the soil.
Before planting currants, you need to dig the soil and remove all weeds. Then dig holes 60 cm deep and plant the seedlings. Black currants are planted at a slight angle, and red-straight. The distance between bushes should be at least 1.5 meters. After planting, the soil can be sprinkled with sawdust, hay, or compost.
A couple of weeks after planting, the seedlings are cut and only the strongest branches are left. In this way, currants will give a larger yield. Water currents once every 2-3 days, if there is no rain.