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Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:36

Looks like you've done a great job with it.  Plenty of new canes for next year too, so I think you've earned a plant paramedic badge there!

Horse Chestnut

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 19:02

Also Vinca (periwinkle) will grow in almost any conditions if you need any evergreen ground cover.  It grows here on a steep bank in total shade underneath Yew trees.

Sweet peppers

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 18:43

They will come Fifs, just make sure you don't feed the plants until the flowers have set otherwise peppers tend to keep growing leaves and stems instead.  Like tomatoes, "tough love" is needed until after the fruit set.  Even then they only need feeding about once a fortnight at the most (use tomato feed.)

Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 18:15

Buckingham is the only tayberry I know which has no thorns, so likely if it is indeed a tayberry.  There are quite a few raspberry/blackberry hybrids though, so it could well be something else!  If you are lucky you might find a label when you do the weeding etc.  Tayberries can be quite tart in taste and are often better cooked than eaten raw, so give it a taste when fully ripe.  They also don't come away from the core as easily as raspberries when you pick them, another way of distinguishing what it is.

Minibel tomato-purple ish dot leaf?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:34

I wouldn't worry about it - doesn't look like a diease.  As that leaf is shaded by the ones above anyway, you may as well nip it off.  That way, if there is any disease, it will help to stop it spreading.

Potateo advice

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:30

You might be right, Dove!  I know what you mean about the weather - I wonder what'll happen when all the rain that's now forecast arrives?  My garden is going crazy at the moment - still have some foxgloves just coming into flower while half the delphiniums have finished!  I tried some "Kabuki" brocolli for the first time this year as it was advertised as a "mini vegetable" so planted it with really close spacing (there are only two of us, so didn't want tonnes of the stuff.)  It has all now matured (typical of F1 hybrids) and each head is "supermarket" size and there's not enough room in the freezer..  Looks like friends and family benefit yet again! 

No idea what I'm doing!!!

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:19

I think mixed planting is a great idea - some things may work better than others anyway, so you'll find out which plants work best at your site quicker that way!  You can use long canes or stakes to train them up to the decking level rather than them all having to use the main supports.  If you do go for some clematis in the mix, look for group 1 types which don't need any special pruning - just lop off any extra growth you don't want.

Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 16:11

Try and make a fan shape if you can.

Edit: here's some training and pruning advice from the RHS:


No idea what I'm doing!!!

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:59

Some clematis are scented.  Narrows the search quite a bit though!

No idea what I'm doing!!!

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:57

Yes, a grape might work, particularly a type that is grown for foliage rather than actually producing useable fruit.  I'd contact specialist vine suppliers and ask their advice - try a google for "grape vine suppliers uk".  Bear in mind that they have big leaves, so if summer wind loading might be an issue as well as in the winter, you might have to be careful.

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