The Joy of Summer Berries
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Pauline from Climate Action Fife delivery partner Clear, shares some top tips for getting the most from your fruit bushes.

Although this blog may be late in arriving on to your screens, the soft fruit never fails to deliver.

I hope you have all had a lovely summer and have eaten many seasonal fruits throughout the last month.

From the cold frosty days of January and the pruning of blackcurrant bushes, the cutting down of our very prolific autumn raspberry bushes and the general cultivating of strawberry runners.  All this preparation at the beginning of the season, pays off when you have an abundant crop of black, red and white currants, Gooseberries, Strawberries and Raspberries in the summer months.  So much so that Jane our Food production manager has had little time spare whilst coping with the processing of these fruits.  Jams, chutneys and other preserves are made including icecreams.  Also the freezers are full of surplus at the moment.

At Clear we have 2 garden sites and the cultivation of the fruit bushes/plants are different but the fundamentals are the same.  The Currants, Gooseberries and Rasp canes have all been planted in a sunny spot.  They all like good nutrient rich soil with adequate drainage as they don’t like their roots to be saturated.  In the Buckhaven garden we grow the soft fruit bushes under the Fruit trees in the Orchard so there is no chance of any surplus rainwater as the tree roots are thirsty.  In the Methil garden they all stand apart in rows and are less likely to have to compete for sunlight, water and space.  One of the problems that can occur is the overcrowding aspect and this causes insects to thrive namely the raspberry beetle.

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