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Controlling raspberry runners

Posted: Yesterday at 17:57

If you've got 5' between them Pete you should be ok. - that's about the same spacing as mine. Didn't look as though there was much room as that in the photo - sorry

 Nice raised beds BTW

Controlling raspberry runners

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

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 10:27

Morning - a much better day than yesterday

A delivery I was waiting for has just arrived so a quick tidy round then off to SM. When I return I'll have a bit of a clear up outside & make sure there's no damage.

Apparently one of the 2 roads out of the village is still closed. A tree is being held off the road by the power cables - so I guess we might lose power later on when they come to sort it all out.

Well done on the early run Dove - you get such a lot done when you get up early don't you? - I must make more of an effort. Mascara for the work run...  ... not sure I'd have managed that - but certainly pleased to hear you didn't go in your PJ's like some of the parents on school runs or 'sco customers!

Have a good one folks!


Posted: Yesterday at 10:07

Thanks for posting this Rosemummy!

I planted a rose (DA - Wollerton Old Hall) about 4 years ago and love the flower and scent.  It is currently described as a climber - but I originally bought it thinking it would be a bushy shrub rose (Maybe it was originally marketed incorrectly or maybe I just didn't read the description properly  - who knows?).

Last year it was all a bit out of control and messy looking - lots of soft stem growth - so my plan for this year was to cut it back start training it up a structure.

But I think this pegging method of growing will produce the shrub rose effect I was originally looking for and keep the rose under control

If it doesn't I can always go back to using it as a climber next year.

Great idea.

Resurrected Seven

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 16:46

Great hair Kitty

This storm is a bit of a beast. The 2 main roads out of the village are now blocked by fallen trees - there is another way out but involves a long diversion & we wouldn't get to hear if that was blocked too.

Was supposed to be going on a snowdrop walk with Dove and Wonky today but we cancelled because of the weather. Just as well - the estate we were going to decided to close it's gates this morning for 'elf and safety.

Was going to nip to town instead but glad I didn't - might not have been able to get home again!

Thanks for posting the iris pictures whoever did that - they cheered me up - must remember to get some for pots for next year

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 16:36

Not enjoying this storm at all

The 2 main roads out of the village are now blocked by fallen trees. There is another route but it involves a diversion of several miles & that might be blocked too. (Wouldn't be covered by our village updates)

Glad I decided not to go out - might not have got home again 

The horses in the field opposite are going a bit crazy too...

Last edited: 23 February 2017 16:37:41

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 16:30

I'm guessing the first one isn't really "Scare-dy Sausage"?

But is the second one  "Tulip Mania"?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 12:00

That could have been nasty Hosta!

Been on that ferry many times - we used to rent a cottage in a tiny village called Sheviock every year from about 1967 to 1975 and had regular trips to get over to Plymouth. There used to be a good chippy in Torpoint - maybe there still is.

Happy Days

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 11:29

Garden waste bin emptied & safely stowed 

Parks and cemeteries with lots of trees closed in Suffolk - including the one we were due to visit today. I've changed my mind about going to the SM - it's a 20 mile round trip and there are a lot of 'bits' flying around at the moment.

Soup & rolls for lunch sort of a day I think....

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 10:39

Definitely wise to abandon the walk - Ickworth park is now closed until at least midday tomorrow.

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