Hedging

Preparation Planting and caring for a new hedge is very similar to that for any new tree or shrub. Good soil preparation beforehand will give your hedge the best start in life. Prepare the ground by digging over a strip 60-90cm (2-3ft) wide and one spit (or spade blade) deep. If a herbicide (weedkiller) has […]

Strawberries

Preparation Strawberries do best in full sun but can cope with partial shade. The site must be sheltered from both wind & frost. Ideally fresh ground is desirable i.e. ground that has not cropped potatoes or strawberries within the last 10-15 years. Planting Plant at a distance of 12-18in (30-45cm) apart, and 2ft (60cm) between […]

Rhubarb

Preparation Rhubarb is not fussy as to soil but should be planted in slightly raised beds if the soil is very heavy. It does, however, need an open site as it will not tolerate shade. Prepare the soil carefully by digging to two spits (spade depths), the roots go deep, and work in plenty of […]

Redcurrants / Whitecurrants

Preparation Choose an open sunny or partly shaded spot, sheltered from frost & strong winds. Red & White currants prefer a slightly acidic soil, but must be free draining & fertile. Planting Plant at a distance of 4-5ft (1.2-1.5m) apart. Prepare a 2ft x 2ft (60cm x 60xm) area at each planting spot by digging […]

Raspberries

Preparation The first thing to ensure is that you plant raspberries in fresh ground that has never grown raspberries or any Rubus plants before. The previous Rubus plants leave a dormant virus in the soil that becomes active as soon as fresh plants are put in the ground. This virus can lie dormant for up […]

Honeyberries

Preparation Honeyberries will grow well in most soils but loose & free-draining soil. They do not mind acidic or alkaline soil which makes them a great alternative for people who struggle to grow blueberries. Ideally, plant in spring when there is no risk of frost, this allows the plant to get established over the following […]

Grape Vines

Preparation Grape vines are lovely plants to train along the inside of a greenhouse or conservatory, but they do require a lot of room. One grape vine is plenty for a small greenhouse, but for larger ones allow 1m (3¼ft) between each vine. Planting Greenhouse grapes grow best when the roots are planted outside the […]

Gooseberries

Preparation Choose an open sunny or partly shaded spot, sheltered from frost & strong winds. Prefers a slightly acidic soil, but must be free draining & fertile. Planting Plant at a distance of 4-6ft (1.2-2m) apart. Prepare a 2ft x 2ft (60cm x 60cm) area at each planting spot by digging a hole approx. twice […]

Gojiberries

Preparation Gojiberries are not generally difficult to grow, they tolerate light shade, but should be grown in full sun for best crop. They are hardy, and once established will tolerate wind, salt-laden air (such as coastal gardens) and drought. Gojiberry plants like a moderately fertile and well-drained soil. To improve drainage try adding additional plant […]

Cranberries

Preparation Plant in an open sunny spot sheltered from strong winds. Must be planted in acid soil, avoid any soil with a pH of more than 4.5. Cranberries will benefit from being planted close to water, but make sure the ground is free-draining and is not prone to water-logging. Monitor the soil’s pH every few […]