Welcome to my website in which I record my activities growing Organic Fruit. I am seriously limited for space, so I have to be smart about what I grow. The best way to maximise yield in a given space is to grow tall plants, but I wanted as much variety as possible, so my more recent additions have been dwarf fruit trees.........................................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 9th August 2016.
I grow my raspberries in drip line irrigated beds these days.
Previously I had tried to grow them in Ecobins with not much success.They quickly over-ran the space and made feeding them very difficult.
They are growing very well in their new habitat with plenty of sweet and juicy fruit.
They share a small bed with hybrid blackberries, and I have to cut back their suckers in winter to make sure they don't swamp their bedfellows.
Variety: Autumn Bliss.
Family Group: Rosaceae.
Garden bed type: Drip line irrigated bed..
Recommended soil pH: 5.5 - 6.5.
Plant Spacings: 600mm
Good Companion: Tansy.
Climate: Warm Temperate.
Geography: Southern Hemisphere.
This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium.
also a good source of Vitamin K and Magnesium, and a very good source of
Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese.
Leave for 4
weeks to build up microbial activity before planting new suckers.
are one of the easiest ways to grow new Raspberry plants.
In late winter, separate canes with roots attached from the main plant by cutting the roots that join them.
Trim back the cane on each new plant and plant thenew shoot in a prepared bed. Cover with fresh straw and support them as they grow with 4 wires threaded through star
Each year in September, remove old mulch and other organic material from the bed and dispose of it in the compost heap.Apply a 60mm top dressing of home made compost and cover with fresh straw mulch.
fruiting raspberries carry their fruit on first year canes. The whole
plant should be left to die back in winter when the canes can be
trimming to the ground.
live up to 12 years and if left to their own devices, will send out
suckers and occupy the whole bed. Reduce the plant's size by removing
suckers and cutting off unwanted roots, when dormant in winter.
Raspberries should be protected against slugs and snails using self adhesive copper
tape bonded around the base of your raised garden bed.
these molluscs get into your bed as eggs laid in your compost, kill
them with organically approved iron based snail pellets as soon as you
discover them. You should only need to use a small number of pellets.
At the first sign of caterpillar damage, spray the crop thoroughly with Bacillus thuringiensis (Dipel in Australia) This
natural soil dwelling bacterium once ingested by the caterpillars produces toxins which
paralyse the caterpillar's digestive system causing it to stop feeding.
It dies within a few days.