In the fruit garden
Your raspberries should
be well into flowering by now. With all the wet weather, it is
very likely that fruit will have been infected with grey mould,
although this will not be visible yet. As soon as fruit show
symptoms of rot, remove them, so that they do not infect their
There is probably an abundance of young cane appearing now too.
Some of this will need removing, so take out the weaker ones to
leave about eight new canes per metre of row.
If you have had trouble with birds eating your fruit in the
past, now is the time to get some netting ready.
The first of your strawberries should now be ripe. As with the
raspberries, rots are likely, so keep on top of them by removing
any infected fruit you see. Runners will begin to appear soon,
so if you’re planning a new plot, you may want to propagate
using these. To stop disease spreading, you could take runner
tips in a few weeks, and treat them like cuttings, placing them
in a mist propagator in a peat/sand compost until they root.
This will give really strong runners which can be planted out in
Autumn, and will give fruit next year.
If you have not had bad
frost, and see plenty of fruit, now is the time to do your
thinning. If you leave too many fruits on the tree, none will
taste well, so remove the smaller ones by hand, leaving one plum
on every two inches (5cm) of branch, and one apple per four
inches (10cm) of branch.
Last year's Summer garden advice
Recipe for Strawberry smoothee:
1 punnet (300g) strawberries
Half a banana
200-400ml apple juice
Put the strawberries and banana into a blender and operate until
smooth. Add 200 – 400 ml of apple juice (depending on desired
thickness) and mix briefly.