Prune in June

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goldmine nectarine – quite vigorously pruned

I went along to the Diggers Club berry pruning workshop at the Garden of St Erth last weekend hoping to find out how to tackle our loganberry, boysenberry and raspberry canes.

It’s worth visiting the garden (our garden is a member so entry is free for members) to see the mature fruit trees which have been (very!) strongly trained and pruned, as well as some magnificent specimen trees – and the even more magnificent bush behind the garden (tracks link with the Great Dividing Trail and Lerdederg State Forest)

loganberry - primocanes removed

loganberry – primocanes removed

Unfortunately much of the berry pruning had already been carried out, but I was able to see what we need to do – it’s all about primocanes and floricanes and the particular variety of raspberry (sounds easy (!?)…. stay tuned, apparently the day’s pruning notes will be emailed). Having enough height and space on your frame for maximum fruiting growth is also crucial.

In the meantime I’m wondering about trying some other types of raspberries (after first working out which ones we actually have!) and planting a couple of tay berries and perhaps trying some blueberries in pots….

So, to June in the garden – yes, pruning the berries, finishing planting strawberries, pruning the apples and pears for structure, especially the espaliers, planting our bay and lemons …. watching the compost steam, and more, according to the June notes. Enjoy the breath of winter in the garden.

Don’t forget: Memberships are due – see Liz at The Red Store; Produce Exchange on this Saturday 10.30 – 12noon.

thornless blackberry - primocanes removed, floricanes which will bear this season's fruit tied up and tips trimmed to head height or to suit frame

thornless blackberry – primocanes removed, floricanes which will bear this season’s fruit tied up and tips trimmed to head height or to suit frame

summer fruiting raspebrries - floricanes will bear next year's fruit

summer fruiting raspebrries – floricanes will bear next year’s fruit

summer fruiting raspberry  primocanes

summer fruiting raspberry floricanes

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