Pruning Your Boysenberry Plants

pruning boysenberries

There are some jobs that I absolutely dread doing in our edible garden.

Not too many, but some that are so difficult, horrible, or painful that I just don’t want to do them.

Pruning our heritage Boysenberry plants is one of those jobs.

I don’t mind digging around in the worm farm, shoveling compost and making fish fertiliser (oh the smell!) but when I know it’s time to cut back the Boysenberries, somehow weeks and months drift by and I still haven’t done it.

Which means that it was totally overdue to be done and with one month of Winter left, time was running out.

So, last week I finally got onto it.

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Mint Refurbishment

how to grow mint

Things have got a little out of hand in the Mint department.

Our Mint patch is looking rather unruly right now which means it’s time for the bi-annual herb refurb.

Every Autumn and early Summer our Mint patch gets a good haircut and a pretty heavy root trim.

Mint, a perennial herb, is notorious for invading what ever space it can lay even a single root down on. If you plant it in your garden without any restraint it will soon spread in every direction.

The only real way to contain it is to either plant it in a container or to plant it first in a pot, and then bury the pot in your garden down to soil level, containing the roots of the Mint.

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Pruning Blackberry Plants

Blackberry PlantsAmong the many berry plants we have on our 1/4 acre, we have four Navaho Blackberry plants which are an erect, thornless varierty that produce large crops of delicious, fat, sweet black fruit.

Well normally.

This Summer, we didn’t get such a great crop from two of our Blackberry plants.

The fruit was dry and sparse and the plants weren’t looking that healthy.

The other two plants did really well and produced a fantastic crop. But as always in our garden, we want more!

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Trees In Training

In our edible garden, every panel of the fencing has either a berry growing over it or an espaliered tree growing in front of it.

Espalier is the ancient art of training and pruning plants so they grow in structured, formal patterns against a fence or wall.

It was originally devised in Europe in the Middle Ages as not only a decorative way of planting but also as a way of fitting full sized trees into small courtyards or gardens. Another great benefit of the espalier design is the increased and extended fruiting due to the warmth reflected and stored on the wall or fence, the open shape of the branches allowing more sunlight in and the air flow.

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