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How to guides and ideas on growing fruit

Summer Fruiting Raspberries

Summer Fruiting Raspberries

Summer fruiting raspberries can be a joy to have on an allotment. Cropping earlier than strawberries (depending on the variety) and often lasting longer, they can be the envy of fellow allotmenters. Do not forget to net though, because birds love them too! You may also like to see our guide on: autumn fruiting raspberries. […]

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Planting Raspberries

Planting Raspberries

Raspberries are a delicious and relatively easy to grow soft fruit, which once established should last for many years. See our guide on How To Grow Raspberries. The best time for planting raspberries is during their dormant season over the winter, with late October or November an ideal time, and early spring an alternative. October […]

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July Allotment Jobs - Redcurrants

July Allotment Jobs

Wow! Where did this weather come from! July is now feeling like summer, and it is almost time for the allotmenter to brush cobwebs off the garden chairs and clean the barbecue. But not just yet! Here are 10 jobs to consider for the hot July weather: 1) Staking Heat sensitive plants are now beginning […]

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planting blueberries - harvest

Planting Blueberries

I love the idea of growing fruit and vegetables. After many years of doing so I’m still just as enthusiastic. The difference now is that I’ve also learned just how much work it is. One trick to make it easier is to dedicate growing space to fruit. Fifty percent of my growing space is now […]

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Fruit Tree Traps

  Fruit Tree Traps Keeping fruit trees in prime condition to produce healthy fruit becomes much more difficult once a problem insect or disease becomes established. For example, see the range of solutions proposed on the RHS website to deal with codling moth attack on apple trees. There are many quick and sticky methods to help avoid […]

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Gooseberry Cuttings

Gooseberry Cuttings

  How To Take Gooseberry Cuttings What to do in freezing March weather? How about taking gooseberry cuttings! Last weekend at the allotment I experienced a biting wind and drizzling rain. I also noticed that several of my gooseberry bushes had thrown out branches buried into the soil. Thirty minutes later my allotment was complete […]

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March Allotment Jobs

  March Allotment Jobs March is a month where with good weather the plot or vegetable patch starts growing, and most probably with weeds. It’s also a month where the experienced gardener, remembering back pains and holding a warm cup of tea in their hands, may not feel a strong gravitational pull from the allotment […]

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Blackcurrant growing - fruit

Blackcurrant Growing

Blackcurrant Growing Blackcurrant growing is worthwhile as the fruit has excellent nutritional qualities. They are high in antioxidants as well as minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron.  They are also bursting full of vitamin C. When I first got my allotment I soon realised how much work was involved, and to make this manageable I […]

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Ants Aphids Fruit Trees

  Ants & Aphids On Fruit Trees There can be little more upsetting for a gardener than seeing a beloved fruit tree covered with ants and aphids (either black or white). An aphid attack is pretty common, but the presence of ants can make the aphid attack much more severe as the ants effectively farm […]

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