Answer: Although raspberries prefer a cooler climate, it seems like you should be able to find a variety and a site where they will grow, if not flourish. Raspberries like a humus-rich, well-drained soil. They need to be kept moist, especially at fruiting time. They are shallow-rooted, and therefore need to be watered often. A good rule of thumb is to figure that they need an inch of rain a week -- so if the weather doesn't supply this, you'll have to water. A good soaking twice a week should be plenty-- a soaker hose is great for this. Don't overwater, though. Raspberries do not like saturated soil, so if your soil is heavy clay your daily watering may have been too much. Mulching plants helps conserve moisture and keep roots cool. A soil rich inorganic matter will hold water much better than a sandy soil, so it pays to take some time in preparing the bed to add lots of compost, shredded leaves, grass clippings, etc. Raspberries take a few years to gather their strength and begin producing. If you plan to purchase new plants, be sure to get virus-free stock, and ask your supplier about varieties appropriate for your region.
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