Posts Tagged ‘whitecurrant’

PROTECTING BERRIES FROM BIRDS – 1st wk in May 2015

There are some very sturdy and large fruit cages on the market, but they are an expensive investment. The large number of various fruit bushes and canes we have planted make fruit cages also impractical.

Blackcurrants don’t seem to be eaten by birds, but red and white currants and raspberries need protection as they ripen. For this reason, I have been developing a temporary bird net covered frame which is moveable and can also be stacked for compact winter storage.

The basic components are 2 by 1 treated timber and hydrodare flexible water pipe. Drill and bits, screws, saw and screwdriver are needed too, but no fancy stuff. The bird netting is bought in a local hardware or garden centre. Finally a staplegun is needed to secure the netting to the wooden frame.DSC07129

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26 BARE-ROOT FRUIT BUSH VARIETIES ARRIVE – 1st wk in February 2014

The other day a courier arrived with 3 plastic sacks of fruit bushes and some strawberry plants. Being all bare rooted, we healed them in quickly to avoid the rootlets from drying out. Then back to praying for a bit of dry weather so we can turn over more of the front field to plant them in their correctly spaced planting positions.

Apart from the wonderful fruit crops we anticipate, these fruit bushes planted in rows between the veg beds, will hopefully filter the southerly winds blowing in from the Saltee Islands off the Wexford coast. The range of varieties includes early and late croppers as well as the traditional and  more experimental varieties. The supplier is English’s Fruit Nursery Ltd. not far away from us at Adamstown, Enniscorthy (www.englishsfruitnursery.ie) tel 053 9240504. I just sent in the order with a cheque and the bushes were dispatched within a day or two – very efficient!

The blackcurrant varieties are Ben Tirren, Ben Connon and Malling Jet. The redcurrant varieties are  Jonkeer-Van-Tets, Red Lake and Rovada. The whitecurrant variety is White Versailles.

The gooseberry varieties are Invicta, Pax and Whinhams Industry. We have two bushes each of regular tayberry, loganberry LY59 variety, tumbleberry, boysenberry and sunberry, josterberry, worcesterberry and chokeberry.

For strawberries, we bought 25 plants each of the varieties Symphony and Cambridge Favourite. Likewise, we bought 25 raspberry canes between the varieties Malling Jewel, Glen Ample, Leo, Autumn Blass and All Gold – and last, but not least, a mulberry tree.

Áine healing in the fruit bushes in a temporary bed awaiting final planting properly spaced in alternate rows to filter onshore winds.

Áine heeling in the fruit bushes in a temporary bed with rough  labels awaiting final planting, properly spaced, in alternate rows to filter onshore winds.

The next few weeks will hopefully see some drying weather so we can turn over a few sods of grass to create beds for these fruits bushes and plants. Hopefully, I due course, some of this kaleidoscope of fruit will be on display in season on a stall in Wexford and perhaps also Enniscorthy farmers’ markets.