Click here for the May 2nd 2015 Gardening Feature for DonegalDaily Gardening with Gareth Its your duty to be Fruity! and for those outside Donegal, this is the Derry
Recently I had a great night at the Twin Towns Community Garden in Ballybofey, County Donegal, hosting a summer fruit tree pruning workshop. The weather was brilliant and there was plenty of buns and tea on offer too.
We carried out seasonal pruning on the fruit trees on the site aswell as a focus on the soft fruits. Thanks to everyone who came along and to Celine McGlynn from the Finn Valley Voice for the use of the pictures. - check out the Finn Valley Voice on Facebook too
I'm forever bumming on about growing fruit and how its everyones Duty to be Fruity..., but there is so much fruit you can grow in your back garden and from a pure Love Food Hate Waste point of view fresh fruit such as raspberries are highly perishable, so its well worth growing a lot of this fruit yourself....and you can grow an awfully wide range of fruit in any site, these are some of the fruity goodness I have been growing in my own back garden...now if truth be told I see very few of some, the raspberries and strawberries for example will be gobbled by the kids as soon they turn red, and as soon as the Blueberries ripen they're gobbled too...but hey its all good!
My wee back garden is small, and we have a nice selection of fruit on the go, some do great some not so great, like my Pear trees...complete disaster, Newtowncunningham is just too cold for them...they cankered like mad on me so I cut them down after 5 years....for me no good. And that's the great thing about gardening, you try something and if it doesn't work out, try something else...I'm now chancing a few Peaches in big pots....ever the optimist! and as time goes by we'll introduce some more varieties and some more plants...little and often!
Its your Duty to be Fruity!!
For more on growing fruit trees, bushes and the likes check out previous blog posting on the subject of Fruit here
Fruit is a must for any garden, whether you've a big area or a small back garden you can grow fruit anywhere. Against a sunny fence or wall, as an orchard style or as a few trees dotted through a family lawn. Fruit trees grow very well here, as long as you have a good spring you'll get fruit. I've teamed up with on-line retailer GardeningExpress to offer a great deal on this through the Groupon system, Gardening Express are offering a mix of 5 fruit trees for £29 (plus £5.95 postage). See here. Delivery incl NI.
as you'll see this offer is proving mighty successful....
Spacing when planting will depend on where your'e planting them. If your planting them dotted in a big lawn then plant them at 12' spacing, if your planting against a sunny wall then plant at 8' spacings.
Don't forget to work in some good compost, some fertiliser and some Mycorrhizal fungii when planting!
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