Posted in 'How to', Allotment, Fruit, Pruning, Raspberries, Secateurs, Still time to, tagged food, How to prune raspberries, London Gardening blog, My raspberry produced no fruits this year, no raspberries this year, plants, pruning autumn fruiting raspberry canes, pruning autumn raspberries, Pruning Raspberries, pruning raspberry canes, pruning summer fruiting raspberries, pruning summer fruiting raspberry canes, raspberries that haven't fruited, raspberry canes, Secateurs, September pruning for summer raspberries, urban gardening blog, Why don't my raspberry plants fruit?, why raspberries haven't fruited on September 3, 2012 |
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Once your summer fruiting raspberry canes have finished fruiting this year, cut back only the old canes that the fruit was on to ground level, leaving the newer canes (maximum 6-8 new stems per plant) to grow for next year’s fruit. The fruited canes and new canes will look quite different: the old stems will be more brittle at the bottom and brown and woody, whereas the new canes will be more supple and a fresher green colour. Cut the old stems from the supports as you cut them away at the base and tie in the new stems in their place. If you have new canes that are growing further away from the supports, dig these out and plant elsewhere or give to friends!
If your raspberry canes haven’t fruited this year, pruning all of the summer fruiting canes either in summer after fruiting or in spring, is probably where your problem lies. You mustn’t prune the newer green canes that grew this year, as these will be the one year old stems that your raspberries will fruit on next year. Hope that makes sense. Don’t prune any canes that grew during this year (and this might be all of your canes if you cut back all of the stems in spring) and you’ll have fruit next year!
Autumn raspberries should be happily supplying fruit right now and up until October or November. These canes can be pruned in February.
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Posted in 'How to', Allotment, No dig, Potaotoes, Vegetables, tagged Carles Dowding, Growing charlotte potatoes, growing potatoes on top of grass, High yielding potato growing method, no dig potatoes, plants on August 13, 2012 |
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Back in April (about 16 weeks ago), inspired by Charles Dowding’s experiments on his ‘no dig’ farm, I planted up three Charlotte potatoes straight on top of fresh grass as a ‘no dig’ growing experiment in our community front garden. I initially covered them with 6 inches of compost and then earthed them up just once after about 7 weeks.
Today, neighbour Julia and her daughter helped me dig up the crop to see how successful my trial had been. Although the potatoes had flowered a good few weeks ago, I left them to continue to grow as I was worried that the rain would have held them back a bit.
I needn’t have worried. Some of these are whoppers, not very ‘new potato’ in size, but I’m mightily impressed.
From the original potato trio, we harvested a very respectable 15lbs worth.
So there you have it. It works! And I’m never gonna dig again. (‘guilty trees I’ve got no sedum’-a Cantona-esque rendition for all those George Michael fans out there!)
P.s. More ‘no dig’ success with gorgeous heritage potatoes here
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