I've mentioned before that there's quite a bit of soft fruit on the new plot we've taken on. It's something we haven't grown much of before so I'm going to have to learn how to look after everything properly.
There's lots of raspberry canes. Thankfully, the label has been left on one variety.
I know that Glen Ample is a summer fruiting raspberry so it will bear fruit on last year's growth. How I know which is last year's growth though is another matter.
There's no sign on these raspberries so I don't know if they're summer fruiting or autumn fruiting. Each are treated differently when it comes to pruning.
I do know that there were some berries left on them when we took on the allotment in October, so perhaps that would indicate that they're autumn fruiting. The berries were yellow, something a bit different from the usual red.
There's a blackberry. This also has the label left on it but it doesn't give its name.
This is a gooseberry bush, lots of mean looking thorns. I've also got a red thornless gooseberry which has yet to be planted at the plot.
There's about six currant bushes along this hedge, I don't know if you can see them properly in this photo.
I don't know whether they're black, white or red currants. I wonder if there's a way to find out before the fruit is produced. I've got a black currant bush at home which is destined for the plot.
I don't know what this bush is but it's very big. Time will tell.
Here's the strawberry patch. I'll wait and see how productive it is this year before making a decision on whether it stays or goes. Strawberry plants only last about three years before the yield is reduced.
There looks to be plenty of rhubarb. It's just starting to grow again now.
I don't know what variety it is but I've got a Stockbridge Arrow crown at home which is waiting to be planted out at the allotment.
I think we've been extremely fortunate to be offered a plot with so much fruit on it. It all looks to have been looked after so well too, all the canes are tied in to supports. I've also got a tayberry to plant, I think it's going to be a very fruity year.
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