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Old 29-06-2005, 01:05 AM
Miss Perspicacia Tick
 
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Default Had my first crop of raspberries today...

Not from the new canes, but from the ones I'd given up on (I forget the
variety). They weren't as sweet as I seem to remember the blurb in the
Dobies catalogue leading me to believe, more than a little tart, but very
palatable - rather small berries, but there were enough for the three of us
with ice cream. I guess they were just taking their sweet time becoming
established. I honestly thought they were dead - the canes looked very brown
and shrivelled.

I knew they were early fruiting, but late June does seem excessively early!
I thought early fruiters didn't really begin to get going until end of
July/middle of August (but what do I know...?)

Sarah



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Old 29-06-2005, 06:57 AM
Alan Gould
 
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I knew they were early fruiting, but late June does seem excessively early!
I thought early fruiters didn't really begin to get going until end of
July/middle of August (but what do I know...?)


We are picking average sized raspberries from an unknown variety which
fruits in June, then again in August. When the 'June' canes are
finished, we cut them out. By that time the later canes are developing
to give a huge crop of very large berries in August. When those are
finished, we prune them to about half length, to fruit again in the
following June. This 'triple' cropping is contrary to all we've ever
understood raspberries to do, but we are delighted with the result.

FWIW, we are also now cropping courgettes outside and shallots, both 2-3
weeks earlier than expected. We have dwarf French beans cropping in a
greenhouse, but our healthy and vigorously flowering climbing French
beans seem not to be pollinating. I give them a spray mist each day, and
plenty of fresh air, but they remain dormant.

Some you win, some you don't!
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Alan & Joan Gould - North Lincs.
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Old 29-06-2005, 01:54 PM
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Not from the new canes, but from the ones I'd given up on (I forget the
variety). They weren't as sweet as I seem to remember the blurb in the
Dobies catalogue leading me to believe, more than a little tart, but very
palatable - rather small berries, but there were enough for the three of us
with ice cream. I guess they were just taking their sweet time becoming
established. I honestly thought they were dead - the canes looked very
brown
and shrivelled.


I knew they were early fruiting, but late June does seem excessively early!
I thought early fruiters didn't really begin to get going until end of
July/middle of August (but what do I know...?)


Sarah



I hope that was home made ice cream to go with the home grown raspberries.

If it was`nt I sincerely recommend the purchase of an ice cream maker.
I`ve had one for about 18 months (a christmas prezzie that was`nt asked
for) and I finally made my first batch last week. Just a vanilla but it
made strawberries a heavenly treat. Made rhubarb ice cream on Monday and
for someone who does`nt like rhubarb i`ve declared it the only way to
eat rhubarb. Simply superb and worth every penny.

Whatever, I hope you enjoy the rest of your crops 8-)


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