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blackberry

Brambleberries (Rubus occidentalis)

Brambleberries are a group of plants derived from blackberries which produce many long, trailing and often thorny shoots. In their first year, these grow vigorously, producing only leaves, then flowers develop in the Spring of the second growing season, forming berries which ripen during the Summer.

blueberry

Blueberries (Vaccinium species)

increase the acidity of your soil if necessary. A light sandy loam soil enriched with well rotted compost is the best type of soil for growing blueberries.

currant

Currant (Ribes)

Currants produce fruit very high in vitamin C and need good mulching, feeding with animal manure, & good summer watering. The fruit is used for jams, juices & jellies. Currants are deciduous shrubs growing to about 2m high by 1m wide, & are best planted about 1.5m apart.

Goji berry

Goji Berries (Lycium barbarium)

The Goji Berry (Lycium barbarium) plant is widely known as being a "Super Fruit" packed with vitamins, anti-oxidants, amino acids and polysaccarides. It is actually a member of the Solanaceae family (tomatoes and chillies).  The plant has several growth flushes during the season and in between tends to rest with no active growth. More info.

gooseberries

Gooseberries (Ribes uva-crispa)

Small growing multi-stemmed prickly shrub to 1m x 1m for planting in full sun & well drained soil. Fruit is produced on small spurs or new growth formed on the second year wood. Prune mid Summer by taking all side shoots off the main stem back to about 5 leaves. Prune out the centre region & any damaged branches in Winter.

mulberry

Mulberries (Morus)

Originating in South West Asia, the Mulberry Tree is an old favourite. The fruit have a unique, slightly astringent taste, & are only really sweet when they become fully ripe. They should be allowed to ripen fully on the tree before picking. The leaves are the exclusive food of silkworms.

raspberry

Raspberries (Rubus idaeus)

Very popular for jam, cooking and preserving, and very popular as a fresh fruit. Raspberries need a fertile, deep well-drained soil, which retains good summer moisture. Build up the bed with lots of compost. The raspberry is a thornless but prickly plant which sends up long, upright canes from its underground creeping roots.

strawberries

Strawberries

Once only a wild growing fruit, it is believed the strawberry was first put into cultivation by the French in the early 1300s. The plant that we know it as today is called Fragaria ananassa and was bred from 2 varieties that Spanish colonists bought back to Europe.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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