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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Growing Garlic From Last Seasons Bulbs

Growing Garlic

As you are eating your Summer harvest of Garlic, don’t forget to put aside a few cloves from each bulb, for planting in Winter.

Garlic bulbs are grown from individual cloves like the ones in the picture above. With the right growing conditions, each clove planted goes on to produce a single Garlic plant with a bulb containing as many as 20 cloves.

Which makes growing Garlic wonderfully self-sustaining.

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Jack Frost Is Due

Daylight savings have finished, we’re in the 2nd month of Autumn and the fire has been lit twice already this week.

Jack Frost is due any time now. I just know it.

Soon I will become completely obsessed with the night skies, and their potential to bring a frost again. My gorgeous husband will be pestered with the nightly question, “Do you think it will frost tonight”.

The clear skies with the stars beautifully visible normally gives it away but all through the Winter months I worry about the fate of my frost tender plants. I constantly check my citrus trees, re-adjusting their frost cloth blankets, hoping to protect their tender limbs and leaves from the freezing cold days until the warmth of Spring comes again. I celebrate every frost free morning, every days relief from the bitter cold wrath of Winter.

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