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
Join Gareth Austin on the 31st January from 10am at Gillespie Polytunnels showsite in Killygordon for a great seasonal workshop on all things Fruity. This practical workshop is aimed at folks who already keep some fruit and wish to improve their success.
Topics which will be covered include:
Seasonal Pruning of Top and Soft Fruit, training Top and Soft Fruit, Feeding and managing soil pH on all fruits, variety selection, improving pollination, growing vines, pest and disease prevention & controls, growing tender fruit in the polytunnel and unusual fruits that are worth growing.
The workshop will run from 10-2(ish) and will be hands on, so please dress appropriately. To reserve your spot please contact Gillespie Polytunnels on 074 9149211 / 086 3760448 or via their FB page Gillespie Polytunnels , cost for the workshop is 40 Euro, refreshments provided.
Following on from the success of the Strawberry plant give-away, we're moving onto Blackcurrants this past week on the Mark Patterson Show, these are the pots of hardwood Blackcurrant cuttings myself and Mark took live on air, these are now placed outside, and when rooted we'll pot them up individually and then folks can come and collect a free Blackcurrant Bush....should be about May(ish)....
To encourage more people to start growing fruit in their gardens, I've started with perhaps one of the easiest and most versatile to grow, the humble Strawberry.
And to make it easier to start I've a load of free plants for folks to come and grab a handful and get started with. These are all year old runners from my own back garden, so this year they'll be very light if any with the fruit, but next year they'll be great. So save yourself a few quid and call into the reception at BBC Radio Foyle, Northland Rd, Derry (bring a plastic bag) and grab yourself a dozen. Think about planting them in pots, in a growbag, in a hanging basket, or in the ground...your call.
Check our here for previous posts on potting strawberries, growing them in pots and growing them in hanging baskets
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