Pruning Raspberry Plants

pruning raspberries

The berries we grow in our garden are a firm favourite for our family.

Strawberries, Boysenberries, Blackberries, Blueberries and definitely Raspberries.

You can’t beat a bowl of Raspberries with a sprinkling of icing sugar or a scoop of vanilla icecream, or a jar of fresh home made Raspberry jam.

When we first planted our Raspberry patch, we planted just one cane. That was 4 years ago and this is just some of what we have now (there’s more on the other side of this same fence).

pruning raspberriesWell that was what we did have, before we got pruning.

You can see in this picture that there is a lot of woody looking canes, and it’s just a bit of a mess really.

This is what our Raspberry patch looks like at the end of the season. All the fruiting canes have died off, and the new canes that will fruit in the next Summer are strong and ready to go.

It’s at the end of every fruiting season that you need to prune back all your old Raspberry canes, and prepare your patch for the next season.

But a lot of people, new to growing Raspberries, aren’t sure which canes to prune away and which ones to leave.

I could give you the easy answer and say to just prune out the old, dead wood and leave the new canes, but you want to make sure you know exactly which is which before you get cutting, right?

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Zucchini or Courgette? Either way, they’re growing!

Courgette

Some call them Zucchini, some call them Courgettes.

Where I’m from most people call them Courgettes, but perhaps due to my Italian heritage, I’ve always called them Zucchini.

Either way, we’re talking about the same thing.

And mine are growing!!

The first year I grew Zuchinni I didn’t know what to expect. I had never grown them before having been put off them by the large watery rounds my mother used to cook up, and didn’t think I would bother with them myself.

Then a friend had spare plants and I decided to take one, because ………well, I could.

I planted it outdoors and it absolutely thrived!!

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1st Strawberry Haul

Strawberry

We have had a pretty grim Spring so far.  Instead of the warm, bright days, we’ve had lots of grey and rain. My Chilli seeds haven’t come up because it’s been too cold, and I’m not sure how my red …

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Growing Perennial Chilli (or Chili) Plants

Perennial Chili Plant

Perennial Chili Plant

We absolutely love Chillies, and we eat A LOT of them. 

Which is why we absolutely have to grow our own, because if we didn’t, come Winter when they are out of season, they easily fetch up to $6 for 5 pretty sad looking red chillies and we’re refuse to pay that much for them.

We have been really lucky with our chilli plants and always get a pretty good crop. But it’s always sad to see these lovely ornamental plants shrivel up and die when Winter sets in.

Well it used to be sad, before we began growing our Chilli plants as perennials.

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Quick Tip – How To Easily Know If Container Plants Have Enough Water

Maximising growing space is a bit of an obsession with me.

That’s not to say that we have the garden overrun with plants in every possible corner, but where there is an opportunity to grow another edible crop in a way that is both functional and attractive, I’ll grab it.

Containers, planters, tubs and barrels make it easy to add more growing space into your garden. And it’s a great way to soften and beautify decks and balconies.

We have a huge wooden deck around one whole side of our house and it was just the perfect space to add more plants, and decorate what would otherwise be a useful, but pretty boring feature of the house.

So, we purchased 12 half wine barrels and filled them up, then planted out a whole bunch of different dwarf variety fruit trees.

We’ve got Peaches, Apricots, Cherries, Apples, Feijoas and Citrus.

They look amazing!

But there is one problem, plant containers can dry out quite quickly, and it can be a challenge to know whether the trees are getting enough water.

So, here’s a quick tip for how I solved this problem, and how you can too.

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