Out On The Plots This Week:,,
After taking a few days off, it is back to work out there, when the ground is not actually frozen. I am so glad I made the effort to improve
the paths, as at least I can walk about without slipping or sliding in the mud
I have begun the mammoth task or weeding the fruit cage, which is 14m by 2m, and pruning the fruit bushes. I always leave this far too long so weeds are enormous and the
perennial nettle root extend under the ground for metres, but it does need doing of course
I am tackling it in areas the length of one frame section, which is around 1.5m, as then at least there is some sense of achievement each day. I have managed
the areaa outside the actual framework, adding two pavaing slabs to make it easier to walk through the Raspberry canes, plus one section inside which is where the old Autumn fruiting Raspberries are.
These have got less and less productive in
the past couple of years. I have bought more, planted in another bed on the edge of the Forest Garden, but I might as well look after these old ones a bit too and see how this year goes. I added a handful of some Rose fertiliser I found in the shed round each
plant,which should hopefully boost fruiting abit, being high in Potassium. I shall also give them some chicken mnaure pellets to provide a bit of extra Nitrogen for general growth too
The deep mulch should also help the soil retain moisture later
in the year too. The Raspberry stems are cut right back so you can hardly see them against the mulch, but as they are a Primocane variety (Polka) that fruit on the coming season's growth, this heavy pruning is whatt is needed, so their energy goes into those
new stems. If they don't manage to grow properly after that, their days will be numbered!
Blackcurrants will be next...