Raspberry – Inter-row crops

Inter-row crops

Despite proper care, raspberries can be affected by various diseases, as a result, the fruit yields significantly decrease. The health of plants can be improved by growing them on dykes, abundant fertilization with compost, with mineral meals and the cultivation of companion plants in the inter-rows, which have a positive effect on the cultivation of raspberries - and vice versa.

Esparceta from the legume family should be cultivated as a coordinate or border plant on alkaline soils and in mountainous areas.. According to Steiner (1924), this plant exerts a versatile effect, beneficial effects on our crops. On the 1st m row of raspberries, 4-6 esparceta plants are planted, depending on the width of this row. Due to the strong shading of the inter-rows by the raspberry shoots, the esparceta will only develop at their edge, where he can stay for 8-12 years. White clover can be sown in the raspberry rows. This shallow-root legume enriches the soil with nitrogen, which in the form of easily digestible compounds is absorbed by raspberry roots located in the upper layer of the soil. White clover shades the soil surface well, protecting it against excessive water loss. In areas too warm for white clover, you can mix hop alfalfa to it 2:1. The seradel is recommended for sandy soils, which should be cut before flowering and mixed with the soil. This reduces the possible effects of soil "fatigue".

In addition to the legume plants mentioned above, other plants can also be grown, also having a beneficial effect on the soil. In warmer regions, it may be a fine-flower grape-flower, and in colder ones - squill or snowdrop. They are very beneficial for the growth of raspberries. As early flowering plants in spring, they stop growing quickly and do not compete with raspberries and legumes for water and nutrients from the soil. The seeds of the co-cultivated plants are sown in a very shallow loosened soil, so as not to damage the raspberry roots.