One of the easiest DIY garden projects ever, Raspberry Supports are an affordable way to grow raspberries in your home garden. Homemade raspberry trellises to will save you so much money at the grocery store.
When you come home from Lowes with gardening building supplies to find your husband and son in Superman costumes, you immediately directed them outside to the front yard with a camera in hand and demanded they build your DIY raspberry supports.
Right then and there. In costume. I’m nice like that.
So, here is how our family builds DIY raspberry supports. In “super” style.
Supplies for Building Raspberry Supports
Two 2x4x8s (weather treated, or painted)
One untreated 2x4x8
8 eyebolt thingys (Troy assures me those are real words)
2 bags of pea gravel
Saw of some kind
How to Build Raspberry Supports/Raspberry Trellis
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 (creating a “t”). Add the shorter untreated piece about 2-3 feet below that. Repeat for both treated 2x4x8s.
Check for quality control.
Using a power drill, drill 8 total holes into the untreated pieces of wood. One on each facing end of the wood.
Insert the eye bolts into the holes that were just drilled.
Installing Raspberry Supports/Raspberry Trellises
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.
Put the treated post in the hole.
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.
How to Plant Raspberry Canes
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 (I use straw).
Voila. 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.
Cost to Build Raspberry Supports
$43.40 (that includes 4 bags of compost even though I only used 1 in this bed). 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.
These DIY raspberry supports were the best $43 we ever spent and are still going strong seven years later.
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- DIY Trellis – DIY Garden Trellis
- Seed Tape – Homemade Seed Tape
- Thinning and Replanting Strawberry Plants
This post on DIY raspberry supports was originally published in March 2012. I updated it in May 2017 and March 2019 to make the instructions more clear and to post better photos after a blogging platform transfer.