Anyone who has a garden will want to grow at least some soft fruits for use in the house. They occupy a minimum of space, and reward you with a maximum of delicious health-giving fruit. They are all very,
The varieties offered below represent a selection of the best being grown today.
BLACKBERRIES, LOGANBERRIES and other HYBRID BERRIES
Plant along fences at 1 2-15 ft apart.after fruiting, removing old fruiting wood, and tying in new shoots. They all grow anywhere, but quality fruit will not be produced in heavy shade. Plants are all grown in containers, and available all year.
HIMALAYAN GIANT. Fine big berries of excellent flavour. A vigorous grower, needing plenty
of room to develop. The most popular variety. THORNLESS. Very large fruit up to 1 in. in diameter. Less prolific in growth and bearing but
much easier toand pick. PARSLEY LEAVED. A thornless variety with ‘parsley shaped’ and large fruit. Not as
prolific as some.
Large dark red to black fruit; sharp, but of distinct flavour. Reaches about 8 ft.
LY59. Large purple-red fruit, with a pleasant though acid flavour. A heavy cropping fruit, which
is first rate for cooking and preserving. THORNLESS. Similar to the above in its fruit, but smooth stemmed and easier to handle. Less
A new hybrid berry the result of a cross between a blackberry and raspberry. The fruits are large, deep purple when ripe with an excellent flavour. An excellent fruit for preserving and deep freezing.: similar to blackberries and loganberries, out the fruiting canes immediately after fruiting and tying in the new canes. Strong grown plants supplied.
Probably one of the most decorative berries to grow. The long canes up to 9 ft in length are covered in conspicuous bright red hairs, while the undersides of theare silvery. The fruit is not large but is a distinctive deep golden-yellow overlaid red, ripening in October it possesses a unique flavour. Use fresh for preserving or deep freezing.
All bushes should be cut down to nearly ground level during the first March after planting. (If planted in March, cut down immediately after planting.) During subsequent years, prune after picking by removing old branches, leaving well-placed young shoots for the next year. Blackcurrants respond to generous, and the soil should be enriched by a liberal application of manure before planting, followed by an top dressing of a nitrogenous fertiliser. Blackcurrants are available all year round from the Garden Centres.
BALDWIN’S BLACK (Hilltop Strain). A selected form of Baldwin’s Black, an excellent variety
and widely grown. Probably the best sort for general culture in the western half of the
country. Late. BEN LOMOND. Vigorous variety of recent introduction. Late flowering, usually 2-3 weeks after
Baldwin’s, but fruiting at the same time. Excellent variety where late spring frosts can be
a problem. Resistance to. Mid-season. BEN NEVIS. Strong growing, spreading variety. Late flowering thus avoiding damage by late
spring frosts. Good cropper. Appears to resist mildew. Mid-season.
One of the easiest fruits to grow and valuable both for bottling and dessert.in winter by cutting back leading shoots to about 6 ins from previous year’s growth. Other shoots should be cut back to about 1 in. Gooseberries need plenty of potash to give the best results – so make sure that any fertilizer applied has a high potash content. Gooseberries are available all the year round from the Garden Centres However, stocks of Leveller are rather limited. Other varieties are often available.
CARELESS. A large, smooth-skinned gooseberry turning creamy-white when ripe. An excellent
variety, with sturdy upright habit of growth and very free cropping. The most widely
known variety and good in every way. Early. LEVELLER. Large, smooth and oval-shaped. Another excellent variety, which produces big
crops of fine berries, of good flavour. Mid-season. WHINHAMS INDUSTRY. Large dark red fruit with a very sweet flavour when ripe. Heavy
cropper. Fruit can be picked green for preserving. Strong grower.
Raspberries require a rich well cultivated soil and should have plenty of farmyard manure dug m before planting. If this is not available, well rotted, supplemented by a good fertilizer should be used. They are surface rooting and should never be cultivated deeply after planting or the will be damaged. The canes should be cut back to 1 2 ins from the ground after planting. When established, remove the old fruiting canes at the base, and tie in the young canes after picking. Raspberry canes are available from late October until late March.
GLEN CLOVA. Early to mid-season. Scottish variety. Heavy cropper, especially good for
freezing. HERITAGE. Autumn (if pruned hard in spring). Best flavour of all autumn fruiting varieties.
Sturdy and vigorous caries. MALLING DELIGHT. Mid-season. Heavy cropper and very large globular fruit of excellent
flavour. Recommended by commercial growers. MALLING JEWEL. Early to mid-season Large conical fruit of good flavour, vigorous and heavy
cropping. A variety we recommend. MALLING PROMISE. Early A very vigorous variety, firmly established in public favour.
Excellent variety for preserving and freezing. SEPTEMBER. Fruits from September until late October. The large red fruits are of good flavour.
A good variety for extending the season. For it to fruit in autumn all canes must be
pruned to ground level during the winter or early spring.
These like well-drained soil, and appreciate manure. They are grown on a single. Prune as for gooseberries. Redcurrants are available all the year round.
JONKHEER VAN TETS. Very early cropper producing trusses of large fruit. Good flavour. RED LAKE. Mid-season. Heavy crops of red fruits. A reliable variety in every way. WOODSHOOT RUBY. Early Large berries of excellent flavour. A consistent cropper, and it seems to be very disease resistant. Highly recommended.
Strawberries need similar soil preparation to raspberries and benefit by an annual top dressing of good fertilizer. Plant 15 ins between the plants and 2 ft between the rows. Botrytis (the grey mould appearing on the ripe fruit) is a fungal disease and can be controlled with Captan.beds last for 3-4 years, and then a new site should be prepared. Certified runners in September-October. Late March-April. Pot grown plants available May-March.
CAMBRIDGE FAVOURITE. A good flavoured and heavy cropping variety over a long period.
A fool-proof variety. Mid-season. CAMBRIDGE VIGOUR. A strong growing variety that is resistant to mildew. Fruit is glossy,
deep red and of good flavour. Crops well. Second early. GORELLA. Excellent variety. Large attractive fruit with good flavour. Early. OSTARA. Proving to be a popular variety for autumn fruiting, produces large quality fruit of
good flavour. Season July to October. RED GAUNTLET. A good all round mid-season variety. The large red fruits held well above the
ground are of good flavour. ROYAL SOVEREIGN. The best flavoured of all strawberries. The fruit is brilliant red, wedge
shaped, juicy and of excellent quality. Not over vigorous but requires a good rich light
soil to give of its best. TAMELLA. Quality fruit of good colour and flavour produced in the first year. In second and
third year it gives a very high yield of smaller fruit over a long period. TOTEM. We consider Totem has a very good future, especially for home freezing. Totem
came out top in the 1979 canning and freezing tests, it freezes well and remains firm.
Good yield of colourful and tasty fruit.
We normally supply runners that have been certified free of virus and disease. However, these plants will gradually be infected over 3 or 4 years, which is why strawberry beds should be replaced regularly, and fresh runners bought – not taken off existing plants.
Cultural andrequirements as for redcurrants. Plants available all year. WHITE VERSAILLES. Medium sized currants very freely produced.
ASPARAGUS: One of the most delicious vegetables, and easier to grow than generally
Connovers Colossal. 2 year crowns available in April. RHUBARB. Prince Albert. Plant 2 1/2ft each way. Excellent for forcing as well as normal use.
Plants available all year, but best time to plant is February-early March.
Timperley Early. A popular and well tried variety. An excellent variety for forcing. ARTICHOKES. Jerusalem. Tubers available on the Garden Centres in early spring.
Globe. We offer the Vert de Laon strain which gives a good crop of excellent quality
heads. Available in late April till June or July.