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Question: What varieties of Raspberries and how many plants would you recommend for a very small garden in Cleveland for a family with three teenage kids? I want to plant summer and fall bearing plants. Can I plant red and black raspberries near each other? Also,will dewberries and boysenberries grow in our zone? Is it worth to try to grow worcesterberry and tayberry if I want to get as much berries as possible in a limited space?<br>

Answer: I'm not sure what you mean by a very small garden. The plants you mention all take up a fair amount of room. You can help keep them in bounds with careful pruning and trellising. It sounds like the number of plants you grow will depend on how many you can fit into your space, rather than what might be the optimal amount for your family...<br><br>Raspberry plants should be placed about 3 feet apart, in rows 6 feet apart. All should grow well where you are, so you can choose varieties based on the typeyou like. You might choose 'Heritage', a red everbearing type, and 'Cumberland', a black standard type.<br><br>Unlike raspberries, dewberries and boysenberries tend to trail along the ground, so you'll want to train them to a trellis to keep them in bounds. Plants should be spaced 6 to 8 feet apart. These plants would need winter protection in your area.<br><br>Tayberries would also need winter protection in your area. They are a hybrid created by crossing a blackberry with a red raspberry, and are described as very productive.<br><br>You might contact the mail order company Edible Landscaping at their web site at<br><br>They have a place where you can e-mail them; they are the experts and should be able to help you more.

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