Thursday, 20 August 2015

August on the allotment: tayberries and strawberries

August on the allotment: tayberries and strawberries
One of the best things about Summer is growing, picking & eating soft fruit. We have to wait through all the dark, dreary Winter months here in the United Kingdom until the Summer comes around and we can feast on berries again. On our allotment this year we have found the strawberries a bit disappointing, but the tayberries were a big success. We manage to pick quite a few each time we visit, but they never seem to make it home...funny that. My argument is that soft fruit does not travel well, so we prefer to find a spot by the shed and eat our bounty there & then. If Magoo goes home with berry juice on her dress and fingertips, then it has been a good day at the allotment.
allotment harvest of tayberries and strawberries
I have just bought two new raspberry plants for the bargain price of £1.79 from good old Aldi. The raspberries we inherited from the previous owner have been swamped by blackberries. So a few days ago my Mum & I attacked the blackberries with secateurs. We already have a large blackberry hedge at the top of the allotment, so we're happy to lose some to make make room for raspberries.

Once we had cut the plants down to the ground, we let Mr. M do the hard work of digging the roots out. I know you can buy poison to kill blackberry roots, but we prefer not to use that type of thing on our plot. So it was down to brute strength to dig them out. Can't say it was an easy job for Mr. M, in fact he snapped a spade handle at one point trying to get the roots out. They are hardy things those blackberries. I know it's hard to eradicate them and I'm sure we haven't got all the root out, but I'd rather dig them out than use chemicals. Once the patch was clear, we dug well-rotted horse manure into the ground and planted out the new raspberry plants. Fingers crossed we will have some healthy plants by this time next year...
aldi green garden range of fruit plants raspberry

I'm linking up with 'How Does Your Garden Grow' #HDYGG over on the beautiful mammasaurus.co.uk

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I'm also linking up with Country Kids over on www.coombemill.com

12 comments:

Gemma Garner said...

Your berries look so juicy and delicious :) I like that you eat your freshly picked by the shed - I quite often scoff a few blueberries straight from the bush.

Mammasaurus said...

Oh I love a good tayberry. When I stayed with Rosie who joins in with HDYGG I tried some of her tayberry salad dressing and smuggled home a jar of tayberry jam *shhh* Until then I had never eaten one knowingly, though in hindsight maybe lots of the raspberries I've eaten have been tayberries... It's so satisfying picking fruit you have grow isn't it?
Thank you for joining in and sharing x

VP said...

I have a blackberry problem on my allotment too. Unfortunately it's in with the gooseberries, so hauling it out is going to end in scratches! Those tayberries look fab - I must try growing some...

Catherine Hughes said...

Ooh now I have tayberry envy - I've planted one at our plot this year but it's still getting established and hasn't fruited yet. Next year hopefully! Not all our harvest makes it home either ;)

Me, You and Magoo said...

The Tayberries came from Aldi too...they are about three years old now & this has been the best year yet. We definitely had fruit in second year & once they get going, they fruit really well. I think fruit bushes & trees are a long-term commitment! Tayberry salad dressing sounds amazing, will have to have a go at making that next year.

Stephanie Robinson said...

I'm with you on the soft fruit not travelling well. I think only a third of ours made it home - it was one for me, one for you and one for the tub - which I think is fair enough! Loving the look of those tayberries x

thechickendoesjoburg said...

fruit tastes so much better when hand picked and enjoyed like that

Amanda Masters said...

Gorgeous fruits

Happy Homebird said...

I love growing fruit, except for strawberries which at home and at our plot get completely munched. We have red and green gooseberries, blackberry, raspberry (a whole row inherited) tayberry and red currants. Some of those were from Aldi/other cheapy shops and they have done so well. We have been well supplied in berries all summer.

Coombe Mill said...

Those berries all look delicious, I'm not surprised they don't make it home. The best treat on the way home from picking berries are the berries you have just picked. I'm sure all the hard work with the Blackberries will be worth it and you'll have a nice crop of Raspberries for next year. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

Me, You and Magoo said...

Good hear others have had success with Aldi fruit plants. I often buy plants from there & haven't been disappointed so far. Just back from a weeks camping, so going to allotment later to see if raspberry plants are still alive!

Candy Pop said...

Well done you, they look delicious!

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