Posted: Yesterday at 16:03
We grow Polka as well.
Planted four canes 2 years ago. First season just a few fruit on each - enough to tick over. But last year we had more than enough for the 2 of us for desserts, jam and some left over for the neighbours. There's still a couple of kilos in the freezer...
I'd consider taking some of your canes out Pete - I don't think you need that many.
Like Dove I control the runners by just digging them out whenever I see them.
I also wonder if there is enough room for 4 blackcurrant bushes in that end square? Depends which variety you're growing of course as to how big they will get & whether you're planning to grow them as bushes or cordons..
I have 2 Ben Lomond blackcurrants and one redcurrant bush planted in a line 5m long by about 1.2m deep. There is really only just enough room to get round them properly for pruning and picking.
Something else for you to consider: I laid a 4-6" deep mulch of good quality play bark round the raspberries and currants last year. It has helped enormously with preventing weeds from germinating, it helps retain moisture in the soil but the bark itself dries out really quickly after rain so it's pleasant to walk on for picking fruit. If any fruit touches the ground it also stays clean (the currants are sometimes in contact).
Edit to add: Our posts crossed there Pete!
Last edited: 24 February 2017 16:05:27