Making my fruit cage

With my Sunburst cherries now swelling and getting ready to ripen I decided to try and protect them this year in the hope that I can actually get to eat some

I decided to make a fruit cage using eight foot bamboo canes and netting from Wilkinson’s , plus some wire mesh I already had knocking around

The canes were just pushed into the soil, the top cross canes were initially tied in but then I thought of using plastic cable ties for speed & convenience. Also used plastic ties to fix the netting & mesh to the canes

Not the prettiest cage, but functional & cheap

 

 

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Swelling fruits

Looking around the garden this morning, after two days of very welcome rain, everything seems to be leaping ahead now, and risk of frost is past, forecast is mild and warm so I removed the fleece from the runner beans

They have made excellent progress in their cocoons of fleece, one I will certainly try this next year

Here are some pictures taken this morning

The bean nearest the camera, with yellowy leaves, is a climbing French bean, self saved seeds from a friend. I think is suffered more than the other beans during the spell of cold winds, but seems to be perking up now

Garden Ghosts

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Runner beans with fleece protection

Some ghostlike scenes in my garden at the moment, the runners have all been covered in two layers of fleece for about a fortnight. Not just for frost but we have had biting north east cold winds over that time, the fleece seems to have done the intended job and beans are still healthy and climbing

I planted out my Polestar runners, had to, they were just romping away, but the fleece will help

Also a friend gave me some Enorma runner plants, also romping away, they have just been planted out in pot of five

The begonias are a bit hit & miss, some are growing well, others just limping along. I don’t think it is suppliers, seems to mixed results from both Wilkinson & Home Bargains. However I have now palnted them out the front in large tubs, currently behind chicken mesh to stop the blooming cats digging them up & pooing there

And spotted the first lily beetle, duly squished

Frost Forecast

Had to go into prepare for trouble mode ahead today. Frost or at least Arctic winds are forecast for this area Monday / Tuesday, and my runners & French beans are outside 😦

At least the blossom on the apple trees has been out for a while, and the cherry has now set fruit, so should be OK there

I had already wrapped some fleece around some of the beans a few weeks ago, but did not do the latest plantings because late frosts are unlikely here, wrong this year maybe?

However I popped into Wilkinson’s this morning and bought some more fleece, and have now wrapped all the bean wigwams in two layers of fleece ready for the week ahead

Noticed one of my escapee strawberry plants has one lone flower on it, no idea if I will ever eat it before the slugs do

Pies ahead?

Lovely Spring day, sun out and warm if not in the shade

Mooching around the garden I thought how lovely the blossom looked and hopefully a sign of things to come

Here are some pictures taken today, all is well except for the poor old “Bonanza” peach, now it is out in the fresh air peach leaf curl has got it, but it is too awkward to cover in the winter, plus sprays are very poor these days, so it will have to take it’s chance

The rest are all good

Wigwams for Runners started

Lovely day today, warm sunshine and just itching to get cracking

My runner beans are now getting taller and ready to go outside, I have been hardening them off for the past week or more.

It may be a bit too early, last frost has been May but that is an exception, anyway the beans needed to get out before they twine themselves into a muddle

I chose the White Emergo and Scarlet Emperor to go outside, they are the most advanced. large pots de weeded, chicken poo pellets added and in they went once I had the bamboo wigwam up. Six in each large pot

I have wrapped some old fleece around them, just in case and a bit of protection although my garden is reasonably sheltered anyway

Roses are Fed

First of April, very much sign of Spring now, buds are out on most plants, and the apple blossom is just waiting in the wings

With the new planting of roses in the Age Concern garden I decided to try and give them a good start in life by feeding them this year. I do not normally feed plants in the open ground

The fertiliser I am using at present is Maxicrop complete, first time purchase of that, normally I find it too pricey for me, luckily I bought some last weekend during 20% off weekend at the local garden centre

I gave about a gallon diluted to each bush, watered around the roots, supposed to be done about twice a month but may wait and see, cut it to perhaps once a month

I also did same to my recently planted apple trees, and the Opal plum in it’s pot, and the Thorn free blackberry and the figs in pots

The daffodils I planted last year are going well now, as are the wallflowers, and their scent is lovely as they are in a sheltered corner where the scent lingers

Continuing with the patio cleanup, noticed the pear tree was encroaching onto patio, so I have decided to try and train it sort of espalier, never done that before but I think it will look nice once settled

Knocked in two metal posts to tie the pear into, and took the opportunity to tie back a goosberry, currant & rose that live nearby