Whilst at one of the workshops held in the new Caw Nelson Community Growing Space, I stumbled across this lovely little space. Named the Marie Curie Herb Garden. Its a wonderful little space full of fruit, herbs and plants to benefit biodiversity.
for more history of this space, please see page 5 on the below Newsletter from Northern Ireland Housing Executive
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
start by marking out the hole
Now is a great time to be planting fruit bushes in your garden, the dormant season (now) is great for planting as it allows lots of time for the plant to settle in before it need to start growing and putting on foliage....and this is what we did at Groarty primary School this week....
a good heavy mulch of compost at the end is recommended, this helps to reduce weed growth at the start, but also helps to conserve moisture if it turns dry. Spacing wise keep your fruit bushes 4' apart, it surprising how big they get...so the 4' spacing is at least a minimum. These fruit bushes will give a wee bit of fruit this year, but after 3-5 years they'll be at they're peak...giving many kg of fruit per bush.
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