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DIY Raspberry Supports – Build Along With a “Super” Step by Step Photo Tutorial

This post on DIY raspberry supports was originally published in March 2012. I updated it in May 2017 to make instructions more clear and to post better photos after a blogging platform transfer.

Before we get started on how we built DIY raspberry supports at home, I need a huge favor.  I need you all to send this post to 5+ friends or family members.  Troy said if I put these photos on my blog, that I need to “keep his bulge out of the frame, and this better get like 3,000 page views”.  As my friend Angela said when she saw the pictures “that right there is a real man”.  Troy needs the praise and high page views for being so ballsy by letting me put these pictures up.

I came home from Lowes with my gardening building supplies last Saturday morning to find Troy and Jack in Superman costumes.  For the record, it wasn’t known to me that my husband of almost eight years owned a Superman costume.  I immediately directed them outside to the front yard with camera in hand, and demanded they build my DIY raspberry supports.  Right then and there.  In costume.  I’m nice like that.

DIY Raspberry supports

DIY Raspberry supports

DIY Raspberry supports

So, here is how our family builds DIY raspberry supports.  In “super” style.

You’ll need
Two 2x4x8s (weather treated, or painted)
One untreated 2x4x8
8 eyebolt thingys (Troy assures me those are real words)
2 bags of pea gravel
Wire
4 nails
Drill
Hammer
Saw of some kind

Saw the untreated 2x4x8 into four pieces.  Two of the pieces should be longer than the other two. These will be the boards that connect the wires to contain all the raspberry canes once they start to grow.

At the top of one of the treated 2x4x8, hammer two nails to connect one of the larger untreated pieces on to the top of the treated piece.  Add the shorter untreated piece about 2-3 feet below that.  Repeat for both treated 2x4x8s.

DIY Raspberry supports

Check for quality control.

DIY Raspberry supports

Using a power drill, drill 8 total holes in to the untreated pieces of wood. One on each facing end of the wood.

DIY Raspberry supports

Insert the eye bolts in to the holes that were just drilled.

DIY Raspberry supports

Preparing the site for installation

Using a post hold digger thing, dig two deep holes – at least 18-24 inches deep if possible. You’ll want to dig one at end of your raspberry planting area.

DIY Raspberry supports

 

Put the treated post in the hole.

DIY Raspberry supports

Look around for an extra pair of hands.  Where did your helpers go?  Oh right…

DIY Raspberry supports

DIY Raspberry supports

Steady the post with one hand, and while trying not to give yourself a hernia, fill the hole with pea gravel.  Give it a good shake to help it settle, then add more pea gravel.  Repeat with the other post.

DIY Raspberry supports

Dig your holes for your berry plants, add compost, then the plants, then fill the holes with compost.  Water, and then cover with the mulch of your choice.  This is easiest done using your child’s wagon that he just received as a birthday gift from his Auntie Anne.

DIY Raspberry supports

Voila.  We’ll string the wire on the eye bolts once the berry canes add a bit of growth.  The wires will be used to support the canes as they continue their upward growth.

DIY Raspberry supports

So, again, please forward this post to at least 5 friends.  Get Troy his page views!  Don’t let his public humiliation go to waste!

Total cost for this project – $43.40 (that includes 4 bags of compost even though I only used 1 in this bed).  I tried for months to get free lumber on Freecycle, but I couldn’t find a darn tootin thing that was being given away.  The raspberry bushes were free from my aunt and uncle from thinning their current patch.  The cost of organic raspberries at the market?  At least $4 per pint.  So assuming we can get 11 pints out of this in the next 1-2 years, our break even point will be under 24 months.

May 2017 update: in that first year, three of the six raspberry canes died fairly quickly. The surviving three were hardy and multiplied, and the following summer, our raspberry patch looked like this:

DIY Raspberry supports

DIY Raspberry supports

These DIY raspberry supports were the best $43 we ever spent and are still going strong five years later.

 

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24 comments on “DIY Raspberry Supports – Build Along With a “Super” Step by Step Photo Tutorial”

  1. Suddenly my raspberry supports built by a hubby in carhartts don’t seem so awesome!

  2. Hi Sarah! Hope you don’t mind that I pinned this on my Pinterest board. Was the fastest way I could think of to help Troy get his 2,000 pages! 🙂 -kat (an avid lurker)

  3. That’s one very cool husband you have there! Great blog too.

  4. Mommy get off the computer and feed me 🙁

  5. Thats the stuff of real men, and fantastic dads! Love it! I am a new fan of your blog too, thank you for all the great info! My ‘doom room’ is now renamed the zombie zone.

  6. Great post . . . love the super hero outfits. 😉 You must get a ton raspberries. I have a sad little bush that gets a bunch, but I need more to freeze for the winter months. Thanks for the ide-er. 😉

    • This is our very first year growing them, so only time will tell. Fingers crossed it is a lot because my little guy is a fruitatarian! Organic raspberries aren’t in my grocery budget, so I’m hopeful we’ll get a few from this bed!

    • From experience, they may not be awesome this year (still getting established), but next year will rock!

  7. Coming from Simple Lives Thursday! I love your raspberry patch!We are slowly building our urban garden – I just put in a strawberry patch and am looking to add to our raspberry patch (We had 3 canes last year and bought another 4 bare roots to add this year!)

    Very inspiring to see what other people are doing. Thanks!

    • How did your 3 canes perform? We have 6 and I have really really high hopes for actual fruit this year!

      I just transplanted all our strawberries in to a different bed from last year. Fingers triple crossed both our gardens produce this year!

  8. Love to see men in tights with power tools. This is the kind of stuff that makes great memories.

  9. The pics are all awesome! 🙂 (especially the first three, but they are all good) Hope your fruit all produces well! I’m a newcomer to your blog (don’t remember how I found it; might’ve been a link off Pinterest), but have really been enjoying it so far, especially the gardening posts. Y’all take care!

  10. It’s all about the Supermen who built it! I’m sure your rasberries are awesome! Thanks for sharing! I sent the post to my son who was the King of Costumes growing up and I had the fun of creating the costumes he thought up. Great fun!

  11. Oh gosh… you mean you’re supposed to try and restrain those stickery thingies? I planted a some in pots a few years ago, and thanks to the birds, etc., eating the berries and causing the seeds to travel, I’ve got raspberries springing up in all sorts of weird places!

    (Nice to see your Superguys put shoes on before working with power tools!)

  12. Yes, now i truly have to admit… I desperately DO need to get myself a hubby somewhere…. (been single for 3 years now and though it was good to learn to be happily alone, i have seen the end of it (is that correct English? Im Dutch). And also, last but not least… garden-season is coming up! HAHA.
    Love your blog!
    Ive had 2 berries for 2 years now, first year in the lawn (whoever thought this was a good idea…??) and last year in pots, bit sad they are. So this year I want to give them a proper place where they can stay and happily grow me some nice fruits. Also I really need to make some good supports for not only these guys, but also for my 58171871 beans. I am not looking forward to do so, hubby-less as I am, but thanks to this blog, and also the amazing pictures (hehe), I feel “I can do this!” (Super-Woman-modus is ON). Thanks!

  13. Thanks for this! I was looking for raspberry supports but got so much more! 1: I totally love that they built in costume! & 2: I could absolutely imagine coming home to find my son and husband in costume like this!

  14. Okay I forwarded and pinned it!

    Although, Why did you guys choose pea gravel instead of concrete?
    Thanks!

    • It’s a rental house, so while we wanted something that would be strong and sturdy, we didn’t want something we couldn’t remove. If I had to go back and do it (and it was our house), I would use pea gravel all over again. I didn’t have to mix anything, it wasn’t messy, and it was cheap. Five years, multiple wind storms, lots of activity, and heavy raspberry bushes, and those post are still going strong!