Make your own raspberry vinegar – Growing raspberries at home and making your own fertilizer from scratch made simple.
Planting raspberries: the preparations
Before you plant raspberries in your garden, you should pay attention to a few things:
1- Choose a species and variety
2- Choose the right location
3- You may also need to prepare the ground
Also, raspberries are divided into two main types:
You can harvest summer raspberries around July. Autumn raspberries mature later into autumn and are easier to care for. Of both types, there are different varieties. To choose the best ones for your likings, visit a garden center or a nursery. There, you can also get advice on the selection.
For the plants, you should especially make sure that you choose the right location. Raspberries do require a sunny place. Also, keep in mind that the plants develop root shoots. Thus, make sure you have enough space.
If you do not want your entire garden to become a huge raspberry bed over time, you should limit the bed to a special plastic root barrier. If you do not want to have plastic in the garden, you can also let in curbs into the ground.
Raspberries have no special requirements on the ground. They are sensitive against waterlogging, however. If your ground is too heavy, you should make it a bit more porous with sand.
Plant raspberries: observe distances and root growth
Before you start planting, you should build or purchase a climbing aid especially for summer raspberries. This can be two poles, between which you can wire at a distance of 60 centimeters. Such a climbing aid really makes sense, because the rods can be over two meters long, depending on the variety.
You can tie them up at the trellis’ framework. Without climbing aid they turn around. That is not problematic, either. The harvest of tied rods is, however, much easier. Autumn raspberries stay smaller and do not necessarily need a climbing aid.
How to plant the raspberry plant
You can plant raspberry plants at a distance of about 12 to 16 inches. Simply pick a hole that is about twice the size of the root ball of your plant. Do not forget to loosen up the root ball of the plant a bit.
Afterward, insert the plant, press the soil a little and water it very vigorously. Incidentally, the best time to plant is in spring, when no frost is expected. Nevertheless, you can even plant at a later time without any problems.
Cut and care for raspberries
Raspberries are best cut right after the harvest. The care for raspberries is not difficult. It consists mainly of cutting the plants. This is especially easy with autumn raspberries. Simply cut them back completely after the harvest.
For summer raspberries, cut off all the rods that have borne fruit just above the ground. You can tell by the fact that they are already woody and brownish at the bottom.
Of the fresh green shoots, you can stand the strongest at a distance of about 4 inches. All other shoots you can cut off.
In spring, you can fertilize your raspberries easily. It’s best to use organic fertilizer, which you can easily make yourself.
In the trade, you will find an oversupply of different fertilizers. You have the choice between conventionally produced fertilizer and organic fertilizers.
The best you can do is to prepare your own plant food. This is a fairly simple process and doesn’t cost you any money. The ingredients for this are left over at the Sunday breakfast table, or they grow in nature.
In addition to water and light, plants also need nutrients, especially enough nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to grow strong and healthy.
Nitrogen provides vigorous, green leaves, phosphorus is important for the formation of flowers and fruits, while potassium is necessary for cell division in the roots.
Most commercially available universal fertilizers each consist of different compositions of these three elements.
The first choice, however, should be fertilizers that can be made by natural means. Let me quickly show you how it works:
Coffee grounds much too valuable for the garbage
Coffee grounds are rich in phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen and minerals. They are, therefore, much too useful just to end up in the waste. Instead, collect it and use it as a natural fertilizer by occasionally mixing it with the potting soil.
You can even generate liquid fertilizer from it. All you have to do is mix the coffee grounds with water. Then, like regular liquid fertilizers, add this water to the regular water for watering your raspberries every two weeks.
Regulate the pH with eggshells naturally
With eggshells, you can add valuable lime to the water. If the tap water is not chalky enough, crushed eggshells can make the irrigation water more calcareous. Lime does not only enable the absorption of all other minerals.
It, furthermore, also loosens the soil and creates optimal conditions for nutrient absorption. In addition, the eggshell consists to 90 percent of lime with 27 other micronutrients, such as fluorine, copper, iron, phosphorus, etc.
If you do not eat eggs, but you have diatomaceous earth in the house, then you can use this, instead. It has the exact same components as eggshells.
How to dose fertilizer properly
Between March and September, it is recommended to fertilize every two weeks. Also, make sure that you know your plants’ eating habits. For example, you must fertilize the plants that are “heavy consumers,” such as tomatoes, more often than “weak-eaters,” such as herbs.
Too much fertilizer can also damage the plants. As with all in life, it is about finding and applying the perfect balance.
Once you have harvested your very first raspberries, you are ready to prepare many homemade goodies, such as raspberry jam and preserve, raspberry macaroons, raspberry sirup and raspberry vinegar, etc. Today, I will share with you how to prepare the latter.
Raspberry Vinegar: Simple instructions for making your own
Raspberry vinegar, with its lovely aroma, refines many savory dishes and fresh salads. You can easily make the raspberry vinegar yourself and spice up your food. My guide will help you.
Raspberry vinegar is a very mild and sweetish vinegar. As such, it not only goes well with salads, but it is also a suitable companion for a hearty cheese platter. They, furthermore, use sweet vinegar in cocktails, vegetable pans and in sauces for hearty meals.
In your own production of raspberry vinegar, you can either use ready-made light vinegar or make the vinegar yourself from wine and vinegar essence. When buying raspberries, be sure to look for organic products to avoid pesticides.
Making raspberry vinegar yourself: simple recipe with ready vinegar
From a light olive oil and the sweet raspberry vinegar, you can make delicious salad dressings. You need the following ingredients for about 800ml raspberry vinegar:
300g raspberries (best fresh raspberries from the region)
500ml light vinegar (for example apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar)
1 – 2 tablespoons honey (from the region)
I recommend that you use all ingredients in organic quality. This way, you avoid unnecessary pesticides in the food and in the environment – good for you, the plants and the animals.
How to proceed with the preparation
1- Spread the raspberries in two sealable jars.
2- Then fill the jars with the vinegar.
3- In addition, add some honey to each jar.
4- Let the mixture soak for about two weeks in a cool, dark place. After two weeks, the vinegar has turned a bright red color.
5- Then pour the vinegar through a sieve to minimize the raspberries’ consistency.
6- The raspberry vinegar should be stored in the refrigerator for better shelf life. It can stay there for at least three to four months.
Tip: You should not throw the sifted raspberries away; that would be wasteful. I recommend you to gently puree the raspberries in the glass and then push through the sieve.
The consistency is then not clear as in normal vinegar, but creamy and the vinegar receives an enhanced flavor with a much more intense aroma.
Alternatively: For a faster version, you can simply put 500ml light vinegar with four to five teaspoons of raspberry syrup in a sealable glass and shake well until both liquids have combined.
Make raspberry vinegar yourself from wine and vinegar essence
In the summer, it is best to use ripe, fresh raspberries. In autumn and winter, you can fall back on frozen products. You need the following ingredients for this more elaborate, but definitely worthwhile, recipe:
50ml vinegar essence (25% acid)
100ml rosé wine
100ml of water
Honey at will
This is how you go about:
1- Mix the vinegar essence with wine and water and pour the mixture into a large glass jar or bottle.
2- Add the raspberries to the vinegar mixture.
3- Let the mixture soak for about two weeks, until the vinegar has taken on intense red color.
4- Then pour the vinegar through a sieve.
If you want to make the vinegar a little sweeter, you can add a little honey to the mixture. Let the vinegar boil shortly afterward.
Tip: Again, you can puree the raspberries and push through the sieve instead of throwing them away. Everything else would be a waste of delicious fruits.
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