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TAYBERRY and other hybrid berries

admin / December 15, 2017

If you only have space for one Hybrid berry, the Tayberry is the one to go for as it has such a divine sweet and aromatic taste when picked fully ripe, is large in size, fruits prolifically, and is reliable. Bred in Scotland, this is basically a cross between a Raspberry and a Bramble or Blackberry, and is very thorny.…

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PESTS & VERMIN ON FRUIT

admin / December 6, 2017

Forget all that sentimental nonsense about Squirrel Nutkins, Cooing Doves and other Pterodactyls, Mr. fox, Bambi, and Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter Rabbit!!! Harden your heart and be like Mr. Macgregor, if you want to have anything left after that lot have had their fill!! I know that some of the animal and bird lovers will be upset, but I am…

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WORCESTERBERRY (ribes divericatum)

admin / December 6, 2017

This is a distinct species, ribes divericatum, which forms a large bush, with vicious spines. The fruit is therefore difficult to pick and is the size of a large blackcurrant, but the flavour is more mellow. It is resistant to American Gooseberry Mildew, and Big Bud Mite. Because the plant is difficult to handle with all its thorns, the thornless Jostaberry…

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STRAWBERRY (Fragaria x ananassa)

admin / December 6, 2017

Apparently the modern Strawberry comes from the Americas, and the hybrid was created by Europeans crossbreeding wild varieties from both North and South America. The so called perpetual fruiting varieties, (actually usually three flushes of fruit), are better value than the traditional single flush types as they spread the fruiting period over several months. As you are growing your own, you…

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SASKATOON BERRY (Amelanchier alnifolia)

admin / December 6, 2017

The Saskatoon berry is a deciduous shrub or small tree native to North America and is found in the wild from Alaska, across Western Canada and the Western and North Central parts of the USA. The name comes from the native North American Cree Indian word for the plant. They traditionally used the berries to preserve and add flavour to dried…

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RHUBARB (Rheum)

admin / December 6, 2017

Rhubarb, a native of Siberia, is normally thought of and used as a fruit. In the Spring, the red stems grow up from a very thick, fleshy root called a crown. As the stems are the first “fruit” of the season, they are eagerly sought after to be used as “fruit” fillings for crumbles and pies. It is also frequently…

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REDCURRANT (Ribes rubrum) and Whitecurrant & Pinkcurrant

admin / December 6, 2017

The Redcurrant is native to parts of Western Europe. The Whitecurrant is a cultivar of the Redcurrant and is less sour and pale yellow in colour. It is less attractive to birds as they assume that it is not ripe. The pinkcurrant is another cultivar. This is a much overlooked berry, which makes the most sumptuous jelly, and ice cream. It…

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RASPBERRY (Rubus ideaus)

admin / December 6, 2017

Modern varieties of Raspberries, seem to have lost the extra sweetness that you find in the “older variety” form of the fruit. You may be lucky to still find this form if you have an old garden or allotment. The fruits are much smaller than on modern varieties and do not seem to be so attractive to the Raspberry Beetle. There…

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PEPINO (solanum muricatum or “melon pear”)

admin / December 6, 2017

Native to Peru and Chile in South America, it was apparently reported by the Spanish Conquistadors as being cultivated on the coast in the Moche Valley of Peru. It has been cultivated in the warmer parts of the USA for over a century, and more recently it is being cultivated commercially in New Zealand and Chile. However, as it is difficult…

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JOSTABERRY (pronounced Yostaberry apparently)

admin / December 6, 2017

This berry is well worth growing as the flavour is intermediate to Blackcurrant and Gooseberry. However, it is a very big plant and requires a lot of space. Even with pruning, allow a 2 m x 2 m by 2 m high space. It is a true hybrid being a blackcurrant / gooseberry / ribes divericatum cross, bred by the Max…

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