Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dig This

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dig This

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Byline: By Peter Horrocks

After this year's stupendous crops of red and blackcurrants, they need a little bit of TLC to keep up the cropping next year. The correct way to prune involves old wood and new wood but I usually get away with giving the bushes a general thinning out to let a little air in. It's also supposed to be a good idea to completely remove one or two of the older branches from each bush to encourage new shoots to develop. I made a point of reducing the higher branches as they were the ones where the birds sat to take their one third share of the fruit! If you do prune out some of the longer shoots, these can be used to produce new bushes to replace old ones in your own garden, or to give to a neighbour or two who may not have any fruit bushes. Just use the last six inches of the shoot and remove all but the top two pairs of leaves. …

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