How To Prune Redcurrants And Blackcurrants

Pruning currants makes the wickedest difference to the amount and quality of fruit because the fruits come on young wood. Left unpruned, the harvests become increasingly pathetic – too much old unproductive wood! An annual winter prune and a spring feed will inspire the new wood to come through, netting yourself a haul of about […]

Steady As She Goes

Patience is required at this time of year, dear gardener. Success hinges on friable (the opposite of soggy), 10° + soil. Get your soil thermometer out, and check. At 10 degrees your soil is ready to receive compost or lime, ready to grow cool weather crops (because face it, 10° is still pretty fresh!). Cloches […]

How To Prune Raspberries

You’ll get the best out of your raspberries with a winter prune – bigger fruits, less disease and easier picking. For Red Raspberries That Fruit In Summer Year 1 The new canes that shoot away in spring are green and fresh – these are called primocanes. Through the summer they develop fruit buds along the […]

July In The Vegie Patch

These root crops were sown late autumn and the reason they’re growing like little rockets is because they’re cosy beneath a cloche. That plastic skin has warmed the soil to 13°, while outside the soil’s a mere 7°. A handy option if the gardener (that’s me), can see there won’t be enough carrots come spring. […]