Allotment soft fruit

We’ve been glorying in the golden raspberries (variety Allgold) which really have lived up to my memory of them. Okay, they aren’t as sweet as summer fruiting raspberries, but they are equally succulent and they came through the tail of Hurricane Katia in better shape than their red-fruited cousins, so that counts as fruit to keep in my book!

Fruit is an issue for us. I love it. OH likes to grow it but isn’t so keen to eat it unless it’s been converted into a pudding over which he can pour much cream. It rather negates the value of fruit, to my mind! Anyway, I want to have highly prolific and easy to harvest fruit, while OH just likes to have a relatively easy life. As a result, I want to cut down an apple tree (I’m pretty sure it’s self-seeded) and he’s happy to keep it. I have insisted on removing all the elderly redcurrants and he has dutifully grubbed them all up. Now we have to replace them and I haven’t decided what to put in their place yet.

In the meantime I have moved two thornless blackberries from the old bathtub that has been their temporary home. Thornless blackberries do lack the tangy flavour of wild brambles but they are much easier to pick and have fruit which is between two and three times the size of their wild relatives, so they are well worth growing if you like blackberry and apple pies, crumbles and tarts. They are also fabulous with breakfast cereal and yoghurts. One of the two bushes has taken up its planned location by the mesh frame that supports our (mandatory) plot numbers. The other has ousted the borlotti beans that were hogging the rocking chair planter. Neither will be particularly prolific but both are making use of a bit of growing space that really has no other value.

The most we could grow up the mesh frame (which serves as a windbreak) is something like sweet peas, so every berry we get off it will be a bonus.

The same is true of the rocking chair: it sits under the pear trees in what will be a wildflower area because the soil is very poor – given that wildflowers help to provide pollination, the best we can do for ourselves and our neighbours, as well as for the environment, is to provide a space where native flowers, soft fruit and tree fruit coexist.

During the whole of the replanting process it rained buckets. As soon as we’d moved both plants it stopped. Isn’t September wonderful?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, September 19, 2011


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