I've learned to live with the fences, because without them, there would be no flowers. The only safe place here, when we bought it, was the veggie garden. While I insist on having fresh veggies in the summer, I wasn't about to lose the daylilies that I moved with me, so they had to go in the veggie garden. We've since fenced off a larger area for veggies and other flowers, but I still haven't removed all the lawn in that area. I'm working on it, but it all takes time. We're also working on a very large expansion of the garden area, but haven't made a lot of progress on that, either, since we've had almost 12 inches of rain this year. It's impossible to get the tractor in there with all the mud! I need to learn patience. Its never been one of my strong points.
I just started digging out the raspberry roots.
Those things are huge! Like small tree branches! Wasn't expecting that! But, it should make them easier to follow. Just need to figure out which direction they are headed. Seems to be every direction right now.
I'm almost considering using a tough brush killer on them, even though I HATE using any kind of chemicals. We had to use some on the wild blackberries along one side of the property last year, because they were starting to take over. Huge areas of land here are totally covered in them, and we didn't want that to happen to us. So, it was chemical warfare, and it worked. I hope it doesn't come to that for the raspberries, but I'll do it if needed. This isn't an area that will ever have food planted in it again, so that makes the decision easier. In the meantime, I can hopefully get these bushes dug up and replanted into buckets. I just hope that the buckets will give the roots enough room.