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Red Currant Pruning

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 23:56

I'm hoping to pick mine before the birds see them, I removed the netting to pick the red and  white currants a few weeks ago, the black one's are huge.

The soils really dry at present under all my the currant bushes, was thinking of giving the area a good watering and mulching with mushroom compost, what do you advise. They got a good mulch of well rotted horse muck in October.

 

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 22:26

I like Beechgrove and GW but thought it amusing to make a torpary statue of Nigel.  Each to his own though and Monty does have plenty of space for it. Love him or loath him, Nigel will be eternalised. 

Enjoyed the Springwatch programme too about moths and butterflies.

As a child if we wanted to stay up late, we had to watch programmes like Jacques Cousteau and David Attenborough, it was a case of bed or sit quietly, it wasn't a difficult choice, sitting quietly won hands down. On reflection three of us took up diving as a sport and with OH's/children there have been at least seven keen divers in the family. Two keen gardeners and another hot on conservation.    

TV viewing is possibly a strong medium which impacts on us in more ways than we realise. Alot off topic but does anyone remember Tomorrrow's World.  

Red Currant Pruning

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:16

Thanks for the advise,I'll leave them for now. The black currants are about ready to pick.

Red Currant Pruning

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 01:02

Thank you waterbutts. I wasn't sure how to prune but your explanation is fab.

I struggled to get my head around pruning currants until this year. My bushes are now into their 2nd or 3rd year. Red, white and black currants, also gooseberry. Apart from taking out the middle shoots for them all, decided not to prune last year because the harvest was so poor and thought it due to not pruning properly.  

This year the new shoots on red, white and gooseberries were cut back to allow the sun to get to the fruit. Really pleased with the harvest and they've had their July prune.  

I'm not sure what to do with black currants, they were pruned so they would fit into the netting frame. Advise to pruning them would be helpful.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 00:33

Past few weeks have been hot and humid here but it's pouring it down now. The garden certainly needed it.

Picked my first yellow courgette this evening, the green one's are growing for Britian. Also picked some aubergines and I've had some red toms 

Growing white strawberries....

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 23:10

 Think I'll go to bed waterbutts 

Growing white strawberries....

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 22:35

Material for raised bed

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 21:45

Hi, Dr

I'm not an expert, but googled Tanalith 'E'. There's alot on information on line. This is what I found- 

... it's a waterborne product based on copper triazole technology.  Copper is derived from recycled sources and triazoles are organic biodegradable biocides, commonly used to protect many of the food crops we eat.  TANALISED pressure treated timber is usually specified for both in and out of ground contact applications where there is a medium to high risk of decay or insect attack. 

sounds ok to use on raised beds. A further google search said if the wood has been treated prior to being used as a raised bed and not treated afterwards as a preserve it is ok to grow veg oganically.

 It can be difficult when making raised beds from wood to decide what to use to preserve the wood if you grow veg in the beds. Mine are wooden and I didn't pay to much attention to preserving them, two were bought online fit for purpose and a third was constructed from scafolding boards. 

I'm sure other posters will be able to give further advise but as you've made the beds and if concerned about stuff leaching into the soil you could further line the wood on the insde of the raised bed with plastic.

Keenisms

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 20:54

Hi, Keen 

Don't stop creating threads, more makes for a better, interesting board, if they're similar to what's already on I'm sure someone will say. I tend not to post on the forkers, started off with good intentions but can't keep up with the banter as I don't usually come on line till about this time. Everyone seems friendly on there though and they welcome newbis.

Some threads are seasonal and others are resurrected every now and then by being bumped up. I imagine the seed swap one will return, as now is the time to start collecting seeds.  

I liked the weather thread as most posters just posted once or twice a day, ever so easy to keep up with but that seems to have dropped out of circulation

Happy posting, one other thing, long postings are easier to read if split into paragraphs. 

Email notifications

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 01:30

I don't get notifications either, sent an e-mail  but not yet recieved a response...

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