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Posted: 24/08/2013 at 15:25

I took over my plot later in the year and picked raspberries in November! My advice is to leave them until then and see if you have any flowers/fruit in the meantime.

Summer fruiting canes in need of pruning are usually brown stemmmed and the leaves are yellow. There may be some dried fruit if the plot has been neglected. If the leaves are a bright green and the stem is not brown that will next years growth for summer fruiting, so leave alone.

Autumn fruiting are usually pruned in spring.



Posted: 12/08/2013 at 15:57
Sue Lovegrove wrote (see)

Oh there is a creeping Asian bramble underneath e but they are like yellowish raspberries.... Another surprise in my garden!! 

If the fruit turns bright red in the near future you might have a Japanese/N. American Wineberry, which I discovered  on taking over my allotment some years ago. The leaves look like raspberry leaves and turn yellow as they are fruiting. It is prickly and I cut out the obviously dead branches in spring and train the new growth up the side of my fruit cage. The fruits are very tart and usually it a race to pick the ripe ones before the birds, but they provide a change from raspberries.


Posted: 04/08/2013 at 16:37

If you have just planted rhubarb 2 months ago, you will not get much this year. It should have been planted in well manured soil earlier. However keep it well watered this summer until it tends to die back in the autumn. Then weed it and cover with compost for the winter. Next spring it will shoot again. If it is of a reasonable size you might be able to pick a few stalks next year. If not repeat and wait another year. Some varieties can't be hurried. I have 5 types, some early, some later, some when they feel like growing. Rhubarb likes water and was huge last miserable summer. This year its suffering from the heat, but we have frozen enough to last the winter. Best of luck!

Rhubarb. When/how to split the crowns?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 14:52

As above post. If the current plant is healthy and producing a good crop, why bother? Why not try introducing some different varieties for the future? I would get an earlier or later variety depending on what you already have. I found my rhubarb varieties at the local market being offered for sale in early Spring. Job done!


Posted: 20/07/2013 at 14:41

Welcome to Norfolk. My allotment water butts are empty and I am having to transport water to save my beans and courgettes in this current dry spell. Although now it has finished drizzling here 10 miles south of Mundersley/Cromer its still cloudy on the coast.

As to your question, you might find containers as described at Car-boots or Auctions nearby. By the way I have found a water meter here cheaper than the Water rates in my last house.

Pruning Clematis Montana

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 16:39

I am replacing a leaky old shed with a potting shed in the Autumn.

When we arrived at my present house 7 years ago, I disguised the old shed with two Clematis Montana and sure enough they have covered it, beautifully. 

The usual pruning time I believe is after flowering, which I don't do as the birds like to nest in the clematis during spring and summer. I usually just tidy up the end growth late in the year.

So my problem is that the stems are quite thick near the base and I want to retain the clematis and train some leaders around the sides(away from the window) and over the top of the new shed if possible.

Would this kill the plants? or should I replant with new specimens? Yes I know that clematis are not planted in the same area as before or is this untrue?

Thanks in anticipation.

Green Rhubarb

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 14:02

Thanks for replies, I had seen the Hillier comment before. Will try this Green rhubarb as soon as current large batch of typical red stemmed has been processed for freezing and eating. Shall let you know when we try it.

Green Rhubarb

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 19:36

I bought a Glaskins Perpetual Rhubarb plant from a Nursery to go with the other 4 varieties that I grow on my allotment. It is probably about 3 years old now and each year I wait for the stems to go red. They are green and the only time that they are red is when they die. SWMBO questions whether it is edible. It is a total contrast to my other varieties. It cannot be its situation as the Champagne next to it is OK.

I shall be interested in any thoughts/experiences.

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