How to Prune Autumn Fruiting Raspberry Canes

Autumn raspberry varieties fruit on the current years growth, cutting all canes down to ground level during February or March helps to direct energy where it's needed, encouraging fresh new growth (canes) from the base. The new canes will eventually bear fruit late summer through to autumn.   Here's a reminder on how and when to … Continue reading How to Prune Autumn Fruiting Raspberry Canes

It’s a Good Year for Autumn Raspberries

It's a good year for autumn raspberries, how do I know? - because I'm still picking them! I grow Joan J autumn canes and they're still exploding with huge plump fruit with no sign of stopping despite a few frosty nights. The fruits are much larger than our summer variety, being darker in colour creates a dramatic statement against a heavy grey autumn … Continue reading It’s a Good Year for Autumn Raspberries

Planting Summer and Autumn Fruiting Raspberry Canes

I planted Tulameen and Joan J raspberry canes at the weekend, 3 canes of each variety which will be plenty for my daughter and I, the only raspberry fans of the family. If you've never planted raspberry canes before it really is very easy. The following guide shows how I planted the summer fruiting (Tulameen) canes - hand model … Continue reading Planting Summer and Autumn Fruiting Raspberry Canes

January in the Garden Smallholding

It sure is cold and miserable out there but I have still managed to get a bit of gardening done. The last of the Leeks have been pulled (some were suffering from rust so were forgiven for looking a bit scruffy) and the plots given a good digging over and general tidy up with organic … Continue reading January in the Garden Smallholding