Wednesday, August 29

Finishing the job

I mentioned a few posts ago that I had started thinning out the summer fruiting raspberries - well at the weekend I actually finished the job.
I've thinned out the canes and tied them all to the support wires. Unfortunately I couldn't find the twine that I thought was in the allotment shed and so had to use the horrible green plastic stuff.
 
The earliest raspberries Glen Moy are a bit of a disappointment - quite a lot of the canes didn't take and didn't really produce much in the way of fruit. The canes that did grow are rather small and pathetic and not shown in the photo. In spite of this some runners from the few plants that are growing had strayed from the wires and so these have been chopped off and stuck in the ground. I doubt they'll grow but nothing ventured etc.
 
The mid season - Glen Ample and later - Glen Magna have produced really well. Now that I've cut them back you can really tell where one variety ends and the other starts. The later variety has reddish canes. There is a gap in the row of Glen Magna and again some canes have strayed so I'm going to dig these out and plant them in the gap.
 
Just in front of the raspberries is the more established strawberry bed. You may remember I gave the plants in this bed a hair cut. The new shoots have really responded well to this and are looking strong and healthy.

I still haven't 'trimmed' the everbearing variety as it is still producing one or two fruits. The problem is getting to them before the slugs do! Can you spot the few strawberries in our latest harvest box.
The plants in the new strawberry bed are determined to reproduce so I will have to have another runner chopping session. I promise I won't plant any!!
 
By the way if you are interested, Martyn popped a bit of video taken on the plot on his blog here.

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  1. That's good harvest from every plant! Hope the rasberries plant give you handful of harvest!

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  2. The raspberries in the box are from our autumn fruiting ones Malar. We'll have to wait and hope for a good harvest next year from the ones I have 'pruned'

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  3. The raspberries are looking nice and tidy, as are the strawberries. My strawberry bed is very weedy, I need to get down there soon and sort it out.

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    1. The weed control fabric has worked well for our strawberries, Jo

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  4. I'm impressed Sue. Those Raspberries are really neat and tidy - much better organised than mine!

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    1. You wouldn't have been impressed last year, Mark as we hadn't even managed to get the wires up!

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  5. Your carrots look great. I have serious carrot Envy!!

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    1. We had our first failure of carrots in ages last year, Lorraine and were determined to try our best not to have a repeat.

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  6. nice harvest, hope to some that in a few years:D only 2 weeks since we started but we are enjoying it

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    1. Welcome Ami - all the hard work does pay off in the end - well usually. Look forward to seeing how you get on!

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  7. I am very envious (in a nice, admiring sort of way) or your progress! Still too wet to do much here and when I looked at the autumn raspberries yesterday I find botrytis on some fruit, just like the poor strawbs earlier in the year.

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    1. It's rare that our yellow raspberries are clean - they suffer in any wind or rain and - we are of half a mind to dig them

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  8. That's a great harvest.....and you have beetroot and carrots....oh how a savour the memory of their taste!!

    Oh well, there's always next year!!

    Wonderful and colourful harvest!

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    1. Yes carrots this year - hurray - last year was grim without them!

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    1. It's great when you come home with a box of goodies Beany

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  10. They all look very smart Sue! Your strawberries too. Lovely looking harvest - I have really missed being able to pick beans, in particular, this year.

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    1. You have next year to look forward to Janet

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  11. I've had the same issue with Glen Moy. Generally a bit feeble, although they've put on a lot of growth this year so perhaps they just take a long time to get going?

    I'm very envious of your strawberry bed. So tidy. I'm planning on digging mine out during the autumn and replanting, in straighter lines. This isn't just a tidiness fetish. The whole bed is infested with couch and nettles and this is an opportunity to get it cleaned and replanted tidier. As my Welsh sister-in-law would say "There's tidy!"

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    1. I don't have a tidy fetish either, Woody - I want to avoid what you have described which is how our last strawberry bed ended up!

      AS for Glen Moy we will have to see what next year brings although our plants don't look to have put on much growth.

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