Posts Tagged ‘tayberry’

Berries in the front garden

Tayberries

Wild Strawberries

Hidden behind the planks of wood (a future project… one day) are the wild strawberries and the tayberry bush.   The strawberries are a bit of a pain and why oh why would I plant fruit that I cannot eat!   They look a mess in the winter and they try to grow all over the place, but for a short period of time during the year their white flowers and bright red fruits look quite nice and inviting.

The tayberry on the other side is a success.  The bush cost just pennies and has taken a couple of years to give us our first fruit.

Finaly we have Raspberries

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For years I have wanted raspberries but never got round to sorting out ground to put them in. It has taken quite a bit of work over the last year to transform the small strip of “waste” along the side of the driveway into something useful. It was just large shingle which over the years had turned to weeds and long grass and looked more like a long forgotten verge on the side of the road. A bit of a waste and didn’t look too good either. I notice that a lot of people on our road no longer have this bit in their front gardens, most have replaced it with concrete for a bit of extra car space.

For us, it is now had bags and bags of stones removed, lots of weeds removed and all during late summer last year had some small wild flower seed scattered over which looked good. This year, I have purchased six raspberry canes, dug six large holes, filled with acidic compost and popped the canes in. I got these canes off a nursery on Ebay with the idea that it is three varieties that span the whole growing season. I forgot the names, although I do remember we have Autumn Bliss as one of them just as we did on the allotment years ago.

It will be interesting to see how they go over the next 12 months. We still have a tayberry bush and the rhubarb, and of course the wild strawberries which really should be replaced with normal ones

Finally we have raspberries

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For years I have wanted raspberries but never got round to sorting out ground to put them in.  It has taken quite a bit of work over the last year to transform the small strip of “waste” along the side of the driveway into something useful.  It was just large shingle which over the years had turned to weeds and long grass and looked more like a long forgotten verge on the side of the road.   A bit of a waste and didn’t look too good either.  I notice that a lot of people on our road no longer have this bit in their front gardens, most have replaced it with concrete for a bit of extra car space.

For us, it is now had bags and bags of stones removed, lots of weeds removed and all during late summer last year had some small wild flower seed scattered over which looked good.   This year, I have purchased six raspberry canes, dug six large holes, filled with acidic compost and popped the canes in.   I got these canes off a nursery on Ebay with the idea that it is three varieties that span the whole growing season.    I forgot the names, although I do remember we have Autumn Bliss as one of them just as we did on the allotment years ago.

It will be interesting to see how they go over the next 12 months.  We still have a  tayberry bush and the rhubarb, and of course the wild strawberries which really should be replaced with normal ones

Tayberry comes back to life for 2009

A Woolworths reject from last year.  It did show signs of life last year just before some creature eat all the leavevs off it and and then it just sat there like a twig all year, possibly dead.   But… no so as now there are signs of life once again, so we hope that the creature who eat it last year has gone off of Tayberries this year.

The plants around the bottom are (apart from the odd weed I see there) the wild strawberries which have really multiplied over the year.  The description of wild strawberries was not kidding when it said they spread.

@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: 

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

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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Tomatoes: now repotted and outside:

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

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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:

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

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

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

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Mini Sunflowers – ready to plant outside:

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

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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:

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Reduced Fruit Bushes Planted

They have been in some water for the last couple of days, all looking pretty dead but hey.   I planted them quickly tonight and we will see how they go through the year.   You never know, there might be some small green shoots sometime……

Reduced Fruit Bushes

Woolworths is a great shop!   We did this last year, went in and managed to pick up a whole load of reduced plants for a quick sale.   Last time it really was the dregs well past it, and we didn’t have a great deal of success although I am keeping my fingers crossed that some of the bulbs will show up this year.  

They should I suppose by this time of the year if in the ground have green shoots on, but none of them do apart from one little bit of green spotted.   I have put them all in some water until I have time to plant at the weekend, and we will see.  In total, it has cost 2 pounds for four bushes, so you can’t loose.

Fruit Bushes