Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Raspberry: growing, planting, pruning and tips on caring.

- strawberries have a useful life of three to five years.
Raspberries, on the other hand, are immortal.

There are many variations on the recipe, but essentially it’s just all your favourite Scottish ingredients – toasted oatmeal, whisky, raspberries, heather honey and cream – mixed or layered together.

- Raspberry 'Joan J'
10 Canes per bundle. Late fruiting variety, early for primocane, starting to pick in late July to October. High yielding, Lge fruit of good flavour. Spineless canes. Cut down late Nov-March. Supplied Bare Root, availbale from November to Feburary
£ 12.00
- Rubus idaeus 'Joan J' (PBR) (F) | raspberry 'Joan J'/RHS Gardening
'Joan J' is an autumn-fruiting cultivar with upright, spine-free canes that produce a good crop of red berries with good size and flavour.
Mulch with acidic material such as composted bark.
Prune all canes to ground level in late winter
- BBC Two - Gardeners' World, 2018, Episode 2, How to plant raspberries
- A foolproof guide to growing raspberries - Telegraph
The most popular raspberry varieties are summer-fruiting.
Like their close relative the blackberry, the canes are essentially biennial, growing one year and fruiting the next.
Thus, fruit is produced in summer, following on directly from the strawberry season.
But there is another type of raspberry that fruits in autumn, and this is the one I want to try to persuade you to grow, for several reasons:
- Summer raspberries are simple enough to grow, but there’s always that awkward moment when you have to cut down the fruited canes while leaving the new canes to fruit next year. It is surprisingly easy, crawling around with secateurs in hand, to snip accidentally through one of the new canes. But, since autumn raspberries grow and fruit in a single season, you simply cut the whole lot down and new ones spring forth.
What could be simpler?
Gardening books generally recommend cutting the old canes down in late winter, but why, for heaven’s sake?
The tradition in the Thompson garden is to pick the last raspberries on November 5, cut down the canes and throw them straight on the annual bonfire.
Job done, and nothing to do until you start picking again the following August.

The RHS recommends tying canes individually to a wire support, and summer-fruiting varieties do need this to survive winter gales.
Here again, however, autumn varieties are easier — I just have a length of old washing-line tied round posts at the four corners of my row, and that’s all the support they need.
If you grow short, sturdy 'Autumn Bliss’ in a sheltered spot you might well manage without any support at all.
One thing’s for sure — the elaborate structure you may have seen Monty Don using on Gardeners’ World for his raspberries is unnecessary for the autumn variety.
The main reason you’re advised to replace raspberry canes every 10 years or so is to prevent a build-up of viruses and other diseases.
But autumn varieties tend to be disease-free since the long period without canes helps to reduce the “bridge” between seasons that encourages diseases to keep going.
Autumn raspberries are out of sync with the dreaded raspberry beetle, so it’s rare to find maggots in your fruit.
Raspberries tend to be less damaged by birds than strawberries anyway, and autumn varieties are particularly trouble-free; bird damage to my raspberries is negligible.

Friday, 19 October 2018


- Scottish Artist and his Garden: OUTDOOR FIGS FOR SCOTLAND

You think coffee grounds are good for plants.

A quick internet search for “coffee grounds + plants” will draw up close to four million hits, with consistent claims they can add essential minerals to the soil, boost populations of friendly soil bacteria and even reduce the pH of growing media for acid-loving plants like rhododendrons.

The growth of pretty much everything in the coffee bed became noticeably worse in about two weeks of application.
Plant growth slowed, some developed leaf yellowing, others defoliated and died.
Seedling germination in some cases was almost completely inhibited.
While some species looked OK, none of the plants in the coffee group proved better than my basic control.
But it’s just adding organic matter.
It isn’t even always very acidic.
Gardens: so you think coffee grounds are good for plants | Life and style | The Guardian

Friday, 28 September 2018

How to plant raspberries.

- BBC Two - Gardeners' World, 2018, Episode 2, How to plant raspberries
- A foolproof guide to growing raspberries - Telegraph

- Raspberry 'Joan J'
10 Canes per bundle - £ 12.00

- Blackmoor Nurseries
Raspberry Joan J - 5 Canes Bare Root £10.40+£3.80=£14.20

- Raspberry Joan J 2L Pot Grown: Garden & Outdoors
£6.99 + UK Delivery

- RASPBERRY Joan J | Bare Root Joan J Raspberries For Sale UK
5 raspberry canes - £9.50 + £5.95 = £15.45

- Raspberry 'Joan J' (Autumn fruiting) | Thompson & Morgan
6 raspberry canes - £14.99 (offer £8.99) + delivery charge £4.95

- Basket - Suttons Seeds and Plants
Pack of 10 Plants (canes) = £19.98+Delivery (inc VAT) £4.99=TOTAL TO PAY: £24.97
Pack of 5 Plants (canes) = £11.99+ Delivery (inc VAT)£4.99=TOTAL TO PAY: £16.98

Plant hardneck garlic.

- raspberries | Monty Don
There are two types of garlic, hardneck and softneck.
The type you mostly buy is softneck which has a plaitable stem, stores well (which is why shops stock it) and is often excellent.
But the best, tastiest garlic is hardneck which has a stiff, upright stalk and because it is much harder to buy it makes sense to grow it yourself.

Hardneck varieties such as ‘Red Duke’, ‘Rocambole’, or ‘Early Purple Wight’ are slower to grow so should be planted now, a month or more before softneck varieties.

Like all garlic of any type, plant plump individual cloves (the bigger the clove the bigger the bulb it will generate) about 6 inches apart , pointed end up and buried a good inch below the surface in good but well-drained soil.
Shoots will appear in about 6-8 weeks.

Casablanca is a vigourous growing variety of garlic, yielding small strong flavoured white bulbs.
Casablanca is a variety that is better suited to colder conditions and ideal for the UK.
This easy an easy to grow garlic variety will perform just as well in containers or in the ground as long as the soil has been prepared properly and has adequate drainage..
- 3 Bulbs x 3