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Warwick Daily News - - Weekend - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

Rasp­ber­ries are packed with vi­ta­min C in ad­di­tion to be­ing high in an­tiox­i­dants and di­etary fi­bre. If you live in a cool or tem­per­ate cli­mate, can de­vote some time each year to prun­ing and have a spare square me­tre or two in a sunny spot out in the gar­den they’re a great berry to grow at home.

Au­tumn fruit­ing rasp­berry va­ri­eties like Her­itage and Au­tumn Bliss will start flow­er­ing and set­ting their fruit in late sum­mer and early to mid-au­tumn. Keep the plants well fed with reg­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tions of a potas­sium-rich plant food.

Rosella is a type of hi­bis­cus (Hi­bis­cus sab­dar­iffa) that has a fleshy seed cas­ing that tastes like a tart com­bi­na­tion of rasp­ber­ries and plums. It can be used to make cor­dial, jams, sauces and teas and is also a colour­ful ad­di­tion to a glass of bub­bly.

Rosella is a fast-grow­ing an­nual shrub that grows to about 1.5m tall. It needs a warm, frost-free cli­mate and af­ter flow­er­ing will start pro­duc­ing “fruit” in early au­tumn. Rosel­las are avail­able as small plants from nurs­eries or can also be grown from seed.

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