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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Black­ber­ries

These de­li­cious fruits come into their own in late sum­mer and are easy to grow, so there’s no rea­son to be buy­ing ex­pen­sive su­per­mar­ket pun­nets. They pre­fer mois­ture re­ten­tive but freedrain­ing soil with the ad­di­tion of com­post prior to plant­ing.

They do best in a sunny shel­tered site and are self-fer­tile, so you’ll only need to buy one va­ri­ety.

Their sprawl­ing habit makes them suit­able to grow as hedges or to grow up arches or walls.

Many types are vig­or­ous and will need at least 3.75m (12ft) be­tween plants when trained against a wall.

The vig­or­ous types will need sturdy sup­ports, l use fence posts with hor­i­zon­tal wires.

Tie in the shoots of newly-planted canes then, once they reach their first win­ter, cut back all sideshoots pro­duced on the main canes to 5cm (2in). Good va­ri­eties in­clude ‘Fan­ta­sia’ and the thorn­less ‘Loch Ness’.

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