Plant new cur­rants and berries

Now’s the per­fect time to start a col­lec­tion

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Cheap to do and re­ally easy to look af­ter, next year you could be pick­ing boun­teous berries and fruit from your pa­tio.

Cur­rants and berries, even the com­mon ones, such as black­ber­ries or black­cur­rants, are ex­pen­sive in su­per­mar­kets, but aren’t that dear as plants from gar­den cen­tres, par­tic­u­larly when you fac­tor in the amount of yearly berries you can yield. So, think about in­dulging your­self a lit­tle and cre­ate a fruit col­lec­tion to be proud of! Now’s the time to plant new bare-root bushes (you can plant pot­ted ones too), and if you’re up for some­thing new, be­low are some sug­ges­tions to break away from the norm.

Cur­rants ap­pre­ci­ate ma­nure-im­proved, well-drained soil and like to be sited in full sun. Cran­ber­ries, how­ever, will need to be pot­ted in er­i­ca­ceous com­post and kept very moist. Choke­ber­ries – a rather tart fruit if eaten raw but de­li­cious when cooked in pud­dings and jams – grow in most soils in sun or shade. Won­der­fully-scented and sweet-tast­ing Chilean guava is per­haps the most low-main­te­nance of all, need­ing just shel­ter, sun and wa­ter in dry pe­ri­ods – per­fect.

Now’s the time to plant new berries and cur­rants P.36

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