Community Garden Open Day 20 September

Big Dig bunting
Big Dig bunting

On 2oth September, we had an open day as part of the ‘Big Dig’ edible gardens open day, with food and activities to show what we were doing at the garden.

picking beans and courgettes
picking beans and courgettes
Apple dangling
Apple dangling
Planting out blackcurrant bushes grown from last year's cuttings
Planting out blackcurrant bushes grown from last year’s cuttings
Food made with garden produce
Food made with garden produce
Doreen Duck's trail
Doreen Duck’s trail

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Visitors
Visitors

Forty five people came to look round and see what we were up to.

Pruning the blackcurrant bushes

On Sunday, Camilla showed us how to prune the black currants to encourage lots of sideshoots and , eventually, fruit.

Before pruning
Before pruning

 

Blackcurrant need to be pruned to an outward facing bud close to the ground

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this leaves very little!

Blackcurrants after pruning
Blackcurrants after pruning

Prunings longer than 20cm can be used as hardwood cuttings: trim off straight below a node at the bottom and ant an angle above a bud near the top.

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Trimming blackcurrant prunings for hardwood cuttings

Then push the cuttings into soft ground: with luck some will take root:

Planting blackcurrant hardwood cuttings
Planting blackcurrant hardwood cuttings

They can be moved to a permanent position next year