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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Planning the fruit garden

My yellow raspberry canes (variety All Gold) arrived today so I took them to the allotment late afternoon. Nobody was around. I popped the kettle on to boil and unpacked the canes from the package.

I placed the canes into a bucket of water and will plant them on my next visit. This quick visit was mostly spent working out distances and where the raspberries along with the other fruit will be placed. Gladys arrived and we had a chat as we walked around her allotment.

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Bamboo canes represent planting positions

The familiar pattern of sudden temperature drop and dusk descending over the allotment site arrived; it was time to head home.

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All Gold Raspberries
I grew All Gold Raspberries back in the late 1990s. They are a beautiful yellow raspberry with a lovely taste, am looking forward to eating these again.

- A novel variety producing attractive yellow fruit for lovely autumn colour. The same vigour, habit and cropping potential as Autumn Bliss but with superior, sweeter-tasting fruit.

Primocane varieties flower and fruit on the first year's growth, and are exceptionally easy to maintain and care for. They will fruit well into autumn - even after October - and being short, the canes need little or no support. All Gold is perfect  for the home gardener or those with smaller fruit and vegetable plots.

Why buy primocane raspberries?
- You can pick primocane raspberries until the first frost.
- Plant & eat same year! Primocane varieties flower and fruit in the first year.
- They are asy to maintain: simply cut back to ground level in January/February.
- Short, sturdy canes need less support and are easier to grow - perfect for smaller gardens!

Primocane (autumn-fruiting) varieties fruit on canes produced in the current year. After cropping, these should be cut down to ground level to promote the growth of new canes. Allow primocane raspberry beds to spread up to 2.5ft/0.75m wide but dig out any canes which start to grow between the rows.

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