Summer-bearing raspberries worth it? Other raspberry suggestions
I've got room for 12 raspberries total. They'll all have 2' root barriers to keep them from beating up each other and the rest of the garden.
My goals are 1) fabulous taste, 2) long season (I'd love to have fruiting from June all the way through frost, if possible!), and 3) productivity.
I believe that the raspberries and blackberries in the grocery stores are virtually inedible--lightly flavored water, would be my description. I've had lots of wild blackberries and dewberries, and they taste NOTHING like the grocery store. I'd like raspberry varieties that are similarly distant from the clamshells at the supermarket.
The recommended varieties for my area are as follows:
Red summer bearing
*I know nothing of these. Are these worth it, or are the first flush of fruit from Caroline better?
Red (primocane-bearing, everbearing)
*I'm planning on planting at least 3 Caroline and nixing the Heritage and Autumn Bliss.
*Again, I know little, except that they fruit before the red primocanes. And what about the newer varieties, like Mac Black?
*Planting one Kiwi Gold and one Anne instead