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Planting Raspberries

I planted 29 summer fruiting raspberry canes during the week. There were 15 Malling Jewell and 14 Glen Clova. I constructed a double fence support system for them using some scrap timber. I used five 7′ posts, 2′ of which was sunk into the ground. The posts were set 10′ apart.

Two 2′ crosses were then screwed to the posts, one at the top and the second 2′ below that. The books recommend using galvanised wire to support the raspberries between the posts, as I didn’t have any I used some strong polypropylene twine instead, not sure if this will be sufficient.

More twine was then tied between the two lines of twine on either sides of the posts at 18″ intervals. As Malling Jewell has compact growth the books recommend that two canes are planted at each station. Summer fruiting raspberries fruit on 1 year old growth so it will be next year before I’ll have a crop.


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Planting Strawberries

I planted about 140 strawberries today, all ‘Elsanta’, the most popular variety available at the moment. They were planted through landscape fabric, this mean no weeding  and the strawberries are also kept off the wet soil.

I created a space for planting the strawberry through by burning a circular hole in the fabric using a flame weeder. This is far quicker than the conventional method of cutting a hole using a knife. They were planted 18″ apart with the same distance between rows and should be ready to pick around the middle of June. They’re not for selling though, they are all for me.

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Apple Trees

I planted 7 apple trees last week, all M26 rootstock. This means the tree will grow to a height of 10-12 feet with a similar spread. They were planted 9 feet apart. They are a mixture of one and two year old trees. This rootstock can begin cropping in it’s third year although the fourth year is more likely.

I planted two cookers, one each of Annie Elizabeth and Bramley and 5 dessert apples,  two Jonagold, two James Grieve and one Katy. I plan on adding to them every year. The trees were staked with 1.2m stakes and tied with tree webbing. All trees were purchased from Future Forests Nursery in Bantry.

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