Pruning Your Boysenberry Plants

pruning boysenberries

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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Propagating Boysenberry Plants

growing boysenberries

Boysenberry plants are a wonderful addition to any edible garden.

When allowed to thrive, they produce loads of fresh, sweet, fat fruit which is delicious whether it’s eaten straight off the bush, still warm from the Summer sun, preserved as Boysenberry jam or frozen and used through the year for fruit pies and smoothies.

As a kid, I remember a friend whose parents had the most prolific Boysenberry bush. We used to sit in the backyard after school and eat as many as we could until all the ripe berries were gone. I always hoped another lot would ripen before I was invited to go around again.

It’s no surprise then that when we first started our garden, and knew we wanted to make it an edible garden, one of the first plants I wanted was a Boysenberry plant.

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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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Propagating Strawberries

Growing Strawberries

Now that the Strawberries are mostly done fruiting, it’s time to prepare for next years patch. Really? This soon? Absolutely! If you want to expand your patch or plant another patch, you will need more plants and there is no …

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Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins

Right now I’m feeling incredibly impatient with my Pumpkin Patch.

I have some lovely, nice big Pumpkins growing and I’m excited to stash them away for our Winter pantry.

Pumpkins are planted in Spring/Summer and growing quickly, usually maturing in Autum – approximately 14 weeks later.

We have been really lucky this year to have our plants produce at least 12 good sized Pumpkins. I love knowing that we have this fantastics crop to enjoy over the next few months, without spending a cent.

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