WHAT TO DO IN THE GARDEN IN
FEBRUARY 1st to 7th
Prune Autumn Fruiting Raspberries
Autumn fruiting raspberries produce fruit from September up to
the first frosts (and sometimes beyond). They extend the cropping
season of this delicious fruit for another 2 to 3 months. Autumn fruiting raspberries
produce fruit on "this" years stems. They are pruned in late winter / early spring,
later than summer fruiting varieties. In general they are easier to grow and
less prone to pests and diseases.
The most common autumn fruiting variety, and justifiably so,
is probably Autumn Bliss. This is a regular cropper and produces a
large amount of tasty fruit. For something a bit different, try
Fallgold (see picture on the left) which produces sweet gold
To prune autumn fruiting raspberries, simply cut
the canes to about 3 cm (1 inch) above ground level. The cut canes
can go on the compost heap or be used as twigs to support French
Beans and dwarf peas in the summer.
If you want to extend the season of autumn fruiting
raspberries, prune half of the canes as described above and cut only 10
cm (6 ins) off the top of the remaining half. The lightly pruned canes
will produce fruit in late June whilst the traditionally pruned canes
will produce fruit from September onwards.
Give Spring Cabbages a final feed with a
high-nitrogen fertiliser such as Growmore. Remove any debris from the
Preparations For Later
Dig over beds in preparation for planting carrots, broccoli and
strawberries in a few months time.
If you plan to grow strawberries in raised beds, now is
the time to buy the bed enclosures and fill them with soil. This will
start the soil warming process and produce earlier and healthier crops.
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