Posts Tagged ‘blackcurrents’

Blackcurrent has had a better time

This is a rather sad picture of the blackcurrent bush.  I don’t quite know what is going wrong here, I need to look it up in the book I think.


Blackcurrant Bush Pruned

The book says to cut back to two buds at least one third of the bush, plus any extra to reshape.   This normally works out to be about three or four branches all together.   Pruning is a bit of a scary thing as when you don’t really know what you are doing it feels a bit backwards to be cutting bits off in order to generate more.  Here we go then for this year, probably not really how it should be!   Last year, I didn’t cut the bush at all.

blackcurrants pruned

@w14 – black currants picked

We spent the morning harvesting the black currents off our one and only bush.  Mind you, there were a lot to pick (about two big bowl fulls) and so many really large and juicy looking ones.     I have frozen these, but I may well defrost some at the weeknd as we might very well make blackcurrant ripple ice cream – yum.


Rain rain rain – but blackcurrants are loving it

The last sunny day of summer was on the 5th of July 2008?  I wonder….  Since then it has rained rained and rained.  At least the blackburrants are liking it.


@week 10 – Black Currants

Just some more weeks of sunshine needed and these will be ready to pick


@week 9 – Black Currents

Black Currents are now… turning black!


@Four Weeks

So much going on and so little time to do things!   I have added a whole load of extra things this week, so comments are with the photos.  It has been sun sun sun, hot hot hot all week, which has meant lots of watering although only on the small things.  Everything else has to take their chance, including the new grass seed in the front garden which is a bit of a pity.  I have watered it a couple of times, but it will come up eventually and if it doesn’t then a top up on Autumn will do the job I am sure.


Beans – only planted them a couple of days ago so no show as yet: 



Rhubarb – needs picking, we have made some pies from it already:


Tayberry – this is a new one this week.  One of the fruit bushes that we got reduced from Woolworths and it seems to have taken and has new growth on it:


Wild Strawberries – some nice little flowers and some small green strawberries starting to show.  That and the two plants are now multiplying like it is going out of business:


Blackcurrents – this is the third or fourth year (I forget) and this year the bush never got pruned and so it is really looked after itself.  Mind you, a good growth of flowers appearing:


Sunflowers – the ones that started it all.  These are no four weeks old and no more slug problems after using pellets.  They are well on their way outside while a couple more are just starting to show inside (to replace the slug eaten ones) as well as two planted directly outside showing now too:



Potatoes – I managed to get a couple more off freecycle, so now we have four seed potatoes in the pot.  The existing ones the growth was about an inch above the soil, so I have now topped it up with more soil.  The next time I have to do this, it will be at the top:


Grass – don’t be fooled by the photo, it is actually quite patchy and the hot sunny weather has not helped at all.  Mind you, it does look like it is meant to be there and from a distance is a nice carpet of green. It is meant to rain tomorrow:


Tomatoes: now repotted and outside:


Chillies – now repotted outside.  The stones are to keep them upright:


Clematis is growing very well, about an inch or more per day.  It will soon be up to the wire and off along the fence:


Amaranthus – I really need to read up on what to do with these:


Basil – growing nicely and time to repot them I think:


Cress – more luck this second time and half of it eaten, yum:


Mini Sunflowers – ready to plant outside:


Sweetpeas – every single seed seems to have done something which is fantastic:


Salad – still growing but very slowly, and little bits of it dieing too, not doing too well.  I think we will put some seed outside at sometime: