Raspberry Contained Planter Box Project

Web Genius Lab
June 11, 2019
Plan Care
Carpentry, landscaping

Raspberries thrive in the Pacific Northwest, and can grow to take over an entire yard if you’re not careful! This planter box project below shows to just what lengths I’ve gone to prevent the spread of raspberry plant roots on my property, while creating a usable working raised garden bed for raspberries we hope to enjoy throughout a long harvest season!

In the early spring, I found several friends complaining about volunteer raspberry starts coming up in their yards – in vegetable garden areas, in an area that was slated to get a new patio, they were just coming up everywhere! A good solution for this was for me to visit each property and remove raspberry starts, including as many of the roots as I could take with each small plant. 

From these visits I gathered as many as six different kinds of raspberry plants for my own garden, while reducing the invasive unwanted plants from the properties of others. Here’s what I did to keep these new raspberry plants contained in their new home at my place.

New planter box for raspberries by Eugene Garden Design
I had been eyeing this are of my vegetable garden for some time, knowing that I had the room to put a narrow box up against this fence in full sun. This fence runs North-South along the Eastern property line. This area gets full sun from about 10am through sundown.
Raised Bed Planter Box by Eugene Garden Design
This area of wood chips already had weed barrier fabric underneath it, but knowing I intended raspberries for this new box, I raked back the wood chips and laid another two layers of weed barrier fabric before assembling the box in place. Here, my helpful son rakes the wood chips back into place around the new box, covering the edges of the weed barrier fabric from view. The fabric extends behind the box, up the fence to the first horizontal 2x4.
Fresh soil in a new raised bed planter by Eugene Garden Design
I missed taking a picture of the next step, but under this soil is yet another layer of weed barrier fabric, this one laid inside the box with the edges of the fabric reaching halfway up the sides inside the planter box. Excessive? Not when we're working with Raspberries in the Pacific Northwest!
Raspberries ready to be planted in a triple lined raised bed by Eugene Garden Design
Here's the assortment of raspberry starts, gathered from three different properties around Eugene and Springfield.
Raspberry starts in a new planter box by Eugene Garden Design
And finally, the raspberry starts all planted in their new, super-lined home! I should be harvesting golden raspberries, and several red varieties, all throughout the summer and into early fall. I'm basing that expectation on what these homeowners had to tell me about the varieties of raspberries growing in their yards as I helped to dig them out. In future years, IF any runners get out of this super lined box, I'll be eager to uproot them and share them on to others!

Do you have a raspberry/blackberry problem in your yard? Or, would you like to have a planter like this that can keep raspberries from taking over your whole property? CONTACT Eugene Garden Design for help with stubborn plants like this that thrive in the climate and environments of the Pacific Northwest.

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