Raising & Picking Black Raspberries
Without a doubt, the best tasting fruit in West Virginia (Subject to opinion, of course.) Here in West Virginia, they are called raspberries, because they grow wild and they're a native plant. Raspberries love our wet, humid conditions. They do best in partial sun with a bed of organic material.
Prepare the ground by making sure their is little competition (roots) with your new plants. I would get your new bed ready during the summer. Loosen soil to give the roots an easy time growing in the fall. I also put some old boards, logs, firewood... anything that will eventually rot. This does 2 things, adds good nutrients to the soil and it keeps the ground damp.
Where to get plants? - You can purchase them at some nurseries, but they are sometimes hard to buy. The good news is, they grow like weeds along the state roads. It will take a little digging, sweat and some scratches, but they'll grow well.
Plant in late early Spring - Be sure to get as much root as possible in the ground. Ideal situation would to have a mixture of decomposed tree, but raspberries adapt to most places in WV. I keep them watered the 1st couple days, if the ground is dry. ude makes a huge difference.