May Bank Holidays / Fruit and vegetable update

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Apr 21, 23

The bare root raspberry canes are showing fresh growth and need to be separated and put in the ground now. The variety we have this year is ‘Polka’. Some canes can be cut down to 60cm above the ground for a crop in July and others can be cut down to ground level for an autumn crop.
The blueberry bushes, gooseberries and blackcurrants are covered in flower buds, each one a prospective soft fruit!
Summer fruiting Strawberry ‘Elsanta’ is ready to be planted out now.
Some of the fruit trees are covered in blossom…
Hardy vegetable seedlings ready for planting out now: Cabbage ‘Stonehead’ and ‘Drumhead’ – green and red cabbage, Cauliflower ‘Snowball’, Calabrese ‘Marathon’, Onion seedlings ‘Red Baron’, Perpetual Spinach, Beetroot ‘Boltardy’ Chard ‘Bright Lights’ and Broad bean ‘The Sutton’.
Some tender vegetable seedlings are also out for sale. They will all have to be hardened off properly, ideally in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame.
Pea ‘Hurst Greenshaft’, Climbing dwarf French bean ‘Fasold’. Mixed Lettuce – a colourful mix of cut and come again varieties, Courgette ‘Green Bush’
Our first batch of young tomato plants are out for sale – these are frost tender and will need to be hardened off before planting out. Get them if you have a frost free site where you can pot them up for planting out later. This year we have 11 different varieties! Tumbler and Tumbling Tom Yellow – trailing bush varieties; Ailsa Craig, Gardeners Delight, Sungold, Black Cherry, ‘– cordon varieties; San Marzano, Totem, BushSteak – bush varieties; Tumbling Tom Red and Sweet Aperitif to follow.