How To Thin Raspberries (And Other Plants) To Increase Fruit And Reduce Pests!

Look at this raspberry jungle, looks like
it�s time to do some thinning. Welcome to The Hippie Geeks. If you enjoy this video, be sure to subscribe
and hit the bell notification icon to catch all our new content! When you first start a garden, it is easy
to think that all of this wild growth is amazing. It is amazing, but it can also lead to issues
down the line. When the foliage on things like these raspberries,
the medicinal plants and even tomatoes is allowed to get too filled in and bushy, you
are creating a perfect environment for insect pests and powdery mildew. Not only will thinning the growth help to
keep the plants free of pests and disease, it also makes sure that the plant is only
putting its energy into the canopy that will get the most sunlight leading to a happier,
healthier plant overall. A lot of the inner growth will never get enough
sunlight to really help the plant grow or to produce fruit, so you are far better off
pruning it now which allows the plant to focus on the more productive branches. As I start in the thinning process, you can
see just how full the beds currently are. Some of this will be allowed to stay, but
the rest I will be clearing out up to about a foot above the soil level. Any small canes at this point that are in
there will not be able to get much growth and the same goes for the lower leaves on
the larger canes. All of this is going to get removed to allow
both light and wind to penetrate the base of the plants. First off, if you are pruning raspberries
you may want to wear gloves. Raspberry thorns do not bother me too much,
unlike nettles which set me on fire. I start by clearing most of the little canes
that have just started growing in the front of the bed. Some of them will be allowed to remain and
grow, but the rest will get cleared out. This gives me space to start working further
into the bed and let me see what else I need to remove. You do not want to remove everything, as you
need to have new canes growing for next year as raspberries grow fruit on the previous
years canes. From here on out, it is just deciding how
far you are willing to go, and trimming them up that far. I am pretty savage about it, and will cut
the plants back a considerable amount because I know how beneficial it is in the long run. Once the first bed was done, I just kept sliding
over and continued working on the next bed, which was honestly even more overgrown than the first. Once everything was trimmed up, it was time
to go back and pick up all of my debris and then stand back and look at how much better
the plants looked after getting them all cleaned out. I will hopefully not have to do this again
until the end of the season, but we will see how things go between now and then. If this is your first time here on The Hippie
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