Pot­ting up fruit

Garden News (UK) - - The Globetrotting Gardener -

I love this time of year for se­lect­ing and plant­ing new fruit bushes as it gives me a feel­ing of the har­vests to come next year. With the phe­nom­e­nal num­ber of new plants on the mar­ket this year, it’s been a chal­lenge to de­cide what to choose. Even­tu­ally I opted to have a go at black­berry ‘Black Cas­cade’ (avail­able from Mr Fothergill’s, www.mr­fothergills.co.uk). With its abil­ity to grow in a hang­ing bas­ket and crop up to 1.3kg (46oz) per plant, I thought it would make a change to petu­nias and give me fruit to snack on while gar­den­ing! The green­house is the per­fect place to over­win­ter the small plants and it will also give them a head start next year. The beauty of such a com­pact plant is you can grow it where you like. I’ve used a mix­ture of com­post, Ver­mi­culite and slow-re­lease fer­tiliser in a 40cm (16in) bas­ket, as the vol­ume is quite small and black­ber­ries are hun­gry plants.

I can’t wait for droops of tasty bas­ket berries next year!

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