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Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 14:29

Not such a big harvest this year, just 7lbs, but I didn't get to mulch the soil with fertiliser this year, hopefully next year will be even better. The bushes will need a good prune com february time too.

Advice for Spreading Plant

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 14:23

Hello, I have a really nice spreading plant that I bought especially for a new planter on my new decking (that I've built myself !!!)

The plants I've got are Clematic Chantilly for heigt up the fence with next door and Geranium Rozanne, for ground cover in the planter, just those two plants (for now). I have a question though about how to best utilise the planter and the geranium.

I want to be able to keep the planter decorative, it'll be about 80cm x 70cm and about 30cm deep (not built as yet). And dont want to see a lot of bare soil so my first though was to cover it with stones or gravel, but this would necessitate a cover of fabric to keep the stones/soil separate. If the geranium is a plant that spreads, will I hinder it's growth by using stones and fabric?

Shoul dI just put up with seeign the soil until the plant is big enough to spread to fill the planter? I know this wont take too long as it a vigorous specimine, any advice will be greatfully received!

Material for raised bed

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:08

Nice to see someone making their own beds! I'm going to build some too, starting either this year or start of next spring, but I'm using brick, as I want them to last the rest of my life.

Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 16:06

Very true Verdun, no chemicals on mine for growing either, just some good honest muck!

Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 08:54

They're not all fro Ribena! From the two bushes I planted last year into my fruit cage I have, this weekend, harvested 4kg of fruit! And there's still some left finishing ripening! I'me very please as this is the first propper year they have grown, last year when they were planted I get 12 Blackcurrants from one bush and none from the other, this year, jackpot!! Will be making sugar this week, have had to order a Maslin pan in a hurry as I have nothing big enough to put them all in!

Hope this doesn't sound like boasting, I'm just really pleased that its working! MY autumn Raspberries are also doing well, the're trying to escape out the top of the cage.

Design Part of My Garden

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 20:07

Well here is the planted pot, I really like it, going to plant lobelia around the base. Went for aqualegia vulgaris and phlox.


Support for Blackcurrant Bushes

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 20:01

Thanks for the info Verdun, I will have a play with then while the weather is nice (can't do it tonight through fear of death by pollen). They look really good Can't wait to try the fruit.

Bare Root Rose - No Growth?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:09

Thanks for the continued advice. But something is happening, there are leaves emerging from the ground. Now I'm a bit worried that even though there is growth I think it may be from the root stock and not the cultivar. I have asked Jersey Plants for some advice.

Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:06

I got a metal and net one from mainframe direct, they had a great service and didn't cost the earth, plus the metal looks like it will last years. Though the netting on all cages has to be removed/replaced eventually.

Support for Blackcurrant Bushes

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 20:03

Hello everyone, I know that Blackcurrant bushes should support themselves, but I have two in my fruit cage that need a little help. They were planted last year and have sme good canes on them, and are laden with fruit this year, but the fruit is s heavy that it is causing the canes to bend downward and are obstructing my access and starting to shadow the other fruit.

Does anyone have any good ideas for how best to support them so that they will be both supported and still have good ventilation and allow light in to ripen the fruits? I vaguely recall that they should be goblet shape, but this may be difficult to achieve with bamboo canes and string, are there metal hoops that can be used?

Thank you in advance!

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