先週、友達の家に行って、りんごとなしの木を剪定しました。かわりに、彼女から木いちごを6本もらって帰りました。わたしは木いちごが大好きなので、とても嬉しかったです。Anyway, it's been raining more than usual here in the Seattle area (hard to believe, I know), plus we've had more snow, then hail, sleet and wind storms, so it hasn't exactly been the best weather to go out and plant. There was a break in the downpour a couple of days ago, so I bundled up and went outside.
今年は雨が多いです！そして、雪がもう一度たくさん降って、アラレも、雹も、みぞれも降って、なかなか畑の仕事ができません。でも、昨日、雨が少し軽くなりましたので、外に行って、木いちごを植えました。Raspberries do not like wet feet, so they need to be planted in well-drained soil. Several years ago, we planted raspberries along our east fence line, but they all died within two years. I figured out that it was too wet there for them there, and planted blueberries instead. The blues love the wet soil! Our west fence line has been built up and since the strawberries do very well there, I think the raspberries will, too. They also like slightly acidic soil, and do not do well in clay or heavy soils. If you have heavy soil, adding manure or compost will lighten it.
木いちごはよく排水土壌が好きです。数万年前に、木いちご植えましたが、二年以内に全部死んでしまいました。後で考えるとあそこの土壌があまりにも排水がよくなかったのです。かわりにブルーベリーを植えて、順調に大きくなっています。今回はいちごの近くに植えるつもりです。木いちごはわずかに酸性の土壌に植えるとよく成長します。土壌がかたいなら、コヤシまたは堆肥を入れればいいです。I didn't shake the soil off the roots before I planted the canes. They're used to this soil and it will make moving house a little bit easier for them. If you've ordered canes from a nursery, be sure the roots are kept damp. If you think they might be dehydrated, place them in a bucket of water for a couple of hours before you plant them outside.
Set your canes on top of the soil where you want them. Space them 18 inches to 3 feet (0.5-1.0 meter) apart. If you have enough for more than one row, space the rows at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart--you want to be sure you have enough room to walk between the rows, otherwise picking the berries will become a nightmare.
植えるときは、木と木の間は0.5から1.0メーターにすればいいです。たくさん植える場合、列と列の間が3メーターぐらい空けるといちご取りが楽です。Dig a hole a little bigger than the root ball. On any other day, I would have filled the hole with water, but since the soil was waterlogged and it was still raining, I figured it was OK not to water. (It does have good drainage, as soon as the rain decides to stop...) Place the root ball in the hole and encourage the roots outward.
Fill the soil back in around the roots. It's OK to cover the cane a little bit more than before, but not more than an inch or two (3-5 cm). Pat the soil with your hands to make sure there are no air pockets. Don't stomp in it with your boot, just a good pat with your hands will do.
I planted all five of them--wait, SIX of them--along the west fence line, behind the strawberries. When I first saw them in my friend's garden, I told her she needed to prune them. To which she promptly replied, "Oh no, not this variety. The berries grow on the second year canes, so you're not supposed to prune them." She couldn't remember the specific variety, but she knows her berries better than I do, so I'll take her word for it.