This is our first spring in our new house, and we have started the exhausting task of trying to identify everything in our garden.
There is a 20 x 10 foot raspberry patch out back.
Last August there were a few berries still on the vines, and I have a hunch that was the second set of berries for the summer, but I can't be sure. The patch was 5+ feet tall, and competing with wild garlic, and 8 foot tall thistles (yikes).
How do I identify what kind of raspberry plant I have? Will pictures of a snow-trampled raspberry patch be useful for identification? If so, I'll take some and post them. Now that the snow is gone, I'd like to get in there and set things right. It's probably been years since anything has been done back there.
But what do I do? Do I mow it down or just trim certain stalks? I hear that leaf mulch is good, what about backyard compost?