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Talkback: How to plant a blackcurrant bush

Posted: Yesterday at 20:22

You could try that, Elizabeth.  If you cut it back, you could stick some of the "cuttings" in a spare bit of soil - they root very easily, so if your large blackcurrant bush objected to the move you'd have another to replace it.


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 22:08

Cor.  Stiff.  Dragging bales of wet bark chippings round is hard work... not as tough as what you've been getting up to though, Fairy.  An impressive haul! 

When we moved into our last house, an old farmhouse in Northumberland, the back garden was a concrete farmyard.  The farmer we bought it from, broke the concrete up and took it away to make a road across his field, leaving us with a "garden" consisting of subsoil, compacted collapsed stone wall, old wellies, a 12ft length of tractor chain, boulders...  Took 18 months to remove all the rubbish, mostly done by my lovely OH with a pickaxe (he increased his collar size in the process!).  The first summer the garden was absolutely beautiful - full of cornfield weeds, whose seeds had presumably remained dormant under the concrete for the 20-something years the farmyard had been there.  Almost seemed a shame to cover it with topsoil... 


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 10:30

Morning all!  Got to go to Factory Shop to buy more walking boots (necessary where I live!) cos mine have a hole, before I can take advantage of the warm dry weather to top up my paths with bark chippings/clear up strawberry bed/weed veg beds etc etc...  At least I don't need to weed with a pickaxe any more.  I feel for you, Fairy and Steephill...

Talkback: How to plant a blackcurrant bush

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 22:05

Benni, how far apart you plant your blackcurrant bushes depends on the variety.  The upright-growing ones should be about 4ft apart, spreading ones 6ft, otherwise you won't be able to get between them to harvest the fruit.

Elizabeth, does your blackcurrant bush look generally healthy?  I wonder whether it went short of water when the fruit was swelling, possibly because of competition with the raspberries.  You could try mulching it (when the soil is thoroughly moist) with organic matter, and giving it plenty of water next spring/summer.


Posted: 15/10/2014 at 22:00

Evening folks.  No gardening here, but will be spending part of next week at my daughter's while the family's in Ireland, getting her garden in a suitable state to put the house on the market...

Anyone got any magic tips for weeding block paving at this time of year? 

Why am I so special,to,the forum?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 21:33

Nowt wrong wi typing as you speak, KEF...   

Not that I'm a Yorkshire woman, except by adoption.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 21:22

Start em young is my motto... my 3-year-old granddaughter can recognise (and remove!) annual willowherb (which she loads into her large tipper truck to be driven to the green bin) 


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 18:02

Yvie, I feel for you...  being a nanna is not always a piece of cake! 

How long does Roundup last in the soil?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 17:55

Outdoor Girl, those of us on here who use glyphosate are sensible and careful about how we do so.  Like others here, I wouldn't dream of spraying it around my fruit & veggies.  Having read quite a lot of stuff on the internet this afternoon, but trying to avoid the "pseudo-science" newspaper articles, I'm upset that I can't help eating glyphosate residues in my food (just as I can't avoid the other undesirables which get in there) - but that won't stop me continuing to use glyphosate with care on the japanese knotweed threatening my garden from next door.  What alternative do I have?  I too am very anti Monsanto, but I wouldn't describe glyphosate as an "appalling chemical" when used correctly.

Anyone depressed by alarmist "sciency" articles in the press?  I recommend "Bad Science" by Ben Goldacre

How long does Roundup last in the soil?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 11:52

Have you tried eating ground elder, Steve 309?  I don't have any growing here, or I'd be tempted.  Somehow consuming the invader seems like the ultimate victory...   

Mark 499, surely the wheat & rape crops sprayed with glyphosate must be GM?  If not, the crop plants would be killed.  Ah, but hang on - maybe spraying 2 weeks before harvest the plants are in effect dead anyway, and the herbicide is to kill standing weeds.  Can't see why it would make it all ripen at the same time though.  Must look it up on Tinternet...

Hmm.  Bit inconclusive, but I think the green weeds add to the moisture content of the grain at harvest and so farmers are encouraged to spray to remove them.

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