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How to Plant Raspberry Canes

Raspberries are best grown from bare root canes in the autumn. Always  buy virus-free stock. Most soils are suitable for raspberries, but the best soil is: * slightly acid * not too heavy * rich in organic matter * well
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How to Prune Summer Raspberry Canes

When the summer raspberry harvest has come to an end, prune out the old flowering canes at soil level. The new shoots that have grown this year will bear next year’s fruit. Removing the old canes from the raspberry row will prevent
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Mulberry Trees and Mulberries

Black Mulberries (latin name Morus nigra) are so ripe and juicy that they just melt in your mouth. This is a bumper year for mulberries. The trees are laden and the fruit is of excellent quality. The tree in this
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How to Tell Victoria Plums are Ready to Pick

There are four signs which tell if Victoria Plums are ready to pick: 1. Twist the plum gently off the stem. The plum is ripe when it comes off easily.  Plums usually leave their stalk on the tree. 2. The colour of the
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4 Steps to Prune Tayberries

Tayberries are easy to prune by following these 4 steps in late summer. 1. prune Tayberry canes as soon as they have finished fruiting 2. cut the canes that carried the ripe Tayberries back to ground level 3. tie the new  stems, which have grown
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Support Posts for Raspberry Canes & Other Fruit

It is worth doing a good job of putting supporting posts in, as it is such a nuisance if the raspberry canes fall down. Posts are needed in the kitchen garden to fix the wires along which fruit canes can be
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Grey Mould Spoils Strawberries

Wet weather is causing strawberries to suffer from grey mould (Botrytis cinerea). Grey mould, sometimes known as Botrytis blight, is caused by a fungus Botrytis cinerea which spreads in cool, rainy weather around 60 F. The disease is particularly damaging
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Slugs on Strawberries

  This is a bad year for slugs  on strawberries. The slug population has exploded in the ideal conditions provided by the wet conditions last summer & this spring. To reduce slug attacks on strawberries:     surround the strawberry row
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New Strawberry Plants From Runners.

Most varieties of strawberries produce runners (long stems) which produce plantlets along their length. These runners will sap the energy from the mother plant, and are usually cut off as soon as they are seen.  But some growers allow them
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Grey Mould on Strawberries

Wet weather is causing strawberries to suffer from grey mould (Botrytis cinerea). Grey mould, sometimes known as Botrytis blight, is caused by a fungus Botrytis cinerea which spreads in cool, rainy weather around 60 F. The disease is particularly damaging
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