#Edible Forest Gardening 101: Exponentially Multiplying Your Bounty
They may not look like much right now, but these 53 raspberry canes were grown from just 5 cuttings I received from a relative last year.
I’ve replanted them in a row, and the unrooted ones should strike over winter. With plants like raspberries and currants (also pictured), growing a new plant is as easy as sticking a pruned branch in the soil, and waiting. The failure rate is almost nil. I’ve mulched the area around them with dried grass, and I will cover the area in shredded leaf mould.
What looks like a row of sticks now will be a dense, 1.5 metre tall hedge of fruiting plants by next spring.
This particular variety fruits on “new wood,” so I can cut the plants down every year, and use the biomass as “chop and drop” mulch to improve soil nutrition for other plants.