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

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

Summer Time starts

The clocks go forward tonight, lovely sunny day outside, time to update this blog

My runners are now all germinated, well all except the mystery one I found, the beans have rotted so never will know what they were. Because the weather is good I have started to harden the runners off, first day out in the sun today, they were galloping away in the conservatory

The tomatoes are now showing the first true leaves, not going leggy and still on the window sill, but no extra heat except from normal room

The mini roses, I have now planted them into a large pot at Age Concern, I did take a photo but it really was a poor shot so not posting that

A lovely show of daffs now in the sun, the early Tete a Tete are going over, but plenty of other varieties to come

My peach is in blossom, but has peach leaf curl, which I was expecting since it is now outside, will just have to take it’s chances because the greenhouse is no longer suitable

And lastly, one of my figs, the one in the conservatory, has embryo figs showing, not quite pea sized yet

Apricot, the seven year itch?

The Spring sun had a suprise for me, my Aprigold apricot, bought & planted October 2009 has blossom on it after seven years of waiting

I bought it pot grown from Blackmoor Nursey, it produced a couple of blossoms in 2010, but never fruited, and has failed to flower ever since. It does not look the best of trees TBH, never really flourished and it had crossed my mind to chuck it out

Maybe it read my thoughts? Whatever, here in sun is a couple of flowers, a few more pink buds are showing but fruit could be a step too far to hope

Rhubarb and Roses

Been a bit busier today, the sun came out and it’s getting Spring like, first flower out in my garden, some may call it a weed but I call it a wild flower. A celandine glowing in the sun brightened the day with hints of more to come

Continuing stocking the Age Concern border with roses, I bought three more, unnamed from Poundland, two white and one yellow, look nice plants for a quid so not complaining. Now planted by usual dig hole and bung them in method, after an overnight soak in a bucket of water

Yesterday a friend at Age Concern gave me a spare rhubarb crown to replace the one that was destroyed by cats last year, went round his garden to collect, and now planted in a fresh spot in mine, near the fruit canes at back of garden

And with the sun out I continued cutting back the pyracantha, nearly there now, another good go should see it completed