Loganberry crop ruined by strong winds :(
Mountainranger Posts: 37
in Fruit & veg
Most of the newly formed fruit bearing branches from our 3 year old loganberry bush have been blown off by strong winds. Is any chance that new fruit branches might form this season or will we have to wait till next year? Also any way to protect delicate branches in future
Got bits of broken off flowering side branches blown all over garden. Such a shame
I've only ever seen them trained up like blackberries, tied along two parallel wires. Do you have them supported by anything at the moment?
You may still get some flwoers and fruit on what's left but loganberries are like Tayberries and Blackberries and need tying in to horizontal supports to encourage extra flowering and fruiting power which happen on the previous season's growth. Tying in keeps them tidy, makes it easier to harvest fruit and also means they don't whip around in the wind and get broken.
Current season's growth needs to be tied in loosely and vertically to a support to let it grow strongly and not be blown about. Once all the fruit is harvested, the old stems are then cut at the base and the new ones trained out to replace them so you get a continuous cycle of new fruiting stems each season.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Just adding onto Obelixx's great directions.. if you tie in each years growth to one side of your wires (ie. this years growth on the north side, next years new growth on the south side, etc).. then it makes pruning much easier as you don't have to query each cane as you go down the line. If the ones on the north side fruited last year, chop them all back and then tie up this years new growth (which will fruit next year) along that same north side to replace the cut down canes.
Does that make sense?
Just been out propping up the broad beans
Coldframe smashed, french beans shredded, pak choi shredded. Oh my.
Oh dear - sorry to hear that Perhaps it's a good thing that I'm quite behind with my veg this year.
Are the french beans done for? If so, sow some more quickly - plenty of time for them
I usually wait until after the longest day to sow pak choi, then it doesn't run to seed so readily.
Onwards and upwards
The French beans might survive, the central shoots are in tact, the bean frame is down. I have planted more in pots anyway, I was allowing for an unexpected frost. Hope fully I can get replacement parts for the coldframe else £125 is down the drain after one year. Hi ho. Gardening seems to be constant fire fighting. Hopefully not literally, that really would be a catastrophe.
Gardening - the triumph of hope over experience
I am hoping experience will win out, this year I beat the weevils by growing beetroot and pak choi in modules, and the birds and butterflies by netting.
It is almost as if the Gods are sitting on a cloud, looking down, deciding which new disaster to inflict on the gardeners.