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Autumn feast


by Pippa Greenwood

It's great. The canes on my autumn-fruiting rasperries are whipping around in the incredible wind we're having, but they're absolutely laden with fruit.


Horticultural fleece protectionIt's great. The canes on my autumn-fruiting rasperries are whipping around in the incredible wind we're having, but they're absolutely laden with fruit. It's amazing that the local bird population isn't all lined up underneath with their beaks open.

To top it all there's very little raspberry beetle damage - those horrible little browny maggoty things that sneak out of the top end of the fruit. I can't seem to pick the fruit fast enough and the entire family is going around with bright red stains down the front of their clothing. Mind you, if the weaather carries on being as bitterly cold, I'm going to have to think about putting some fleece over the canes because, so far, only a fraction of the crop is ripe.

Fortunately, the wires I'd put in place when I'd originally intended to grow summer varieties, are still there, so I think I'll probably tie the fleece onto the top wire, pull it down over the crop and anchor the other end into the ground. Lucky the wires are there, otherwise I don't know how I'd tie it down with all this wind.



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Gardeners' World Web User 28/09/2007 at 14:25

I too have had a great year for raspberries. I cut out the old canes on my early crop but canes supposedly for next year have cropped again, not that I'm complaining. Does this mean I will not have an early crop next year?

Gardeners' World Web User 28/09/2007 at 19:43

I Have a lot of tomatoes but they are still green should I pick them and put them in a bowl with a banana to see if they will ripen?

Gardeners' World Web User 01/10/2007 at 16:16

I too am relatively new to raspberry growing having moved to a house which has them in the garden. I have some very large rasps with thorny stems. Are these Loganberries and are they pruned as rasps?

Gardeners' World Web User 01/10/2007 at 20:26

can i grow onions in my greenhouse now for next spring

Gardeners' World Web User 02/10/2007 at 08:50

Hi Pippa Can you remind me - in one of your garden shows. You stated that bi-cab was good for (and I can not remember) but did say to myself - great I could do that. Also what would the mix be. Sorry to be a pain but I do know the mix would treat my .... Thanks in advance.

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