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    Hi all,

    I picked up a fruit cage cheap on eBay last year and am wanting to finally set it up in the next week or so ready for planting. I've made a plan and was looking for some advice. I can't precisely remember the size but it's at least 4mx4m as per the plan if not a little bigger.

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    How much gap is sensible to leave between the netting and anything i plant? I plan to have a central path with side paths T'ing off it so think I don't need to get around the edge myself.

    I'm planning on 4 Autumn and 4 Summer raspberries. Is that roughly right for a family of 4?

    Not so sure about the number of strawberries. Was thinking of planting 6 in year 1 and a further 6 in year 2 or 3 so that when year 1 start to fail i should still have a further year or two from the second bed in which to improve the bed and plant new plants. Sensible or not?

    What should i plant as well as raspberries and strawberries? Thinking a black and a red currant. Worthwhile or not? More than one needed for a decent crop? Anything else i should be considering instead?

    What order should i plant them in? As per the plan (if North is at the top)? Which raspberries should be in the northern most row if i have two rows? Autumn or summer variety? I'm thinking Autumn needs to go to the north to prevent shading the earlier ripening fruit... is that right?

    I'm thinking of installing a root barrier around the raspberry beds to limit suckering where i don't want it. I was thinking about using garden edging sunk to nearly flush. (Like this stuff http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flexible-Gar...dp/B007MA778O/)

    And was thinking i should put vertical boarding at the base of the net so i can strim up to it without shredding the netting.

    Anything else i should consider?

    Many thanks in advance,

    Stan
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    I wouldn't put strawberries in there, but in a separate bed (with hoops and netting) and put more fruit bushes in the cage to make the most of the height. Alternatively, plant the strawbs along the edge of the paths on the sunny side of the bushes.
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    Ah... ok. Good point about using the height. Strawbs that i currently have are in a large wooden planter but didn't do much last year.

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    I agree with VC - I wouldn't waste the space by having strawberries in there.

    From what I understand, raspberries are OK for a bit of shade, therefore having them at the northerly point would make sense.

    What about having some blueberry plants with cranberries amongst them in the middle section.

    Then moving the currents to the front most southerly point for maximum sunshine. ???
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    Not being a great eater of berries in the past, but wanting my family to have a good diet, what do people do with cranberries, blueberries, currants, etc? On cereal? In baking? Fruit salads? etc, etc?

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    My raspberry canes have arrived today but we had a hard frost last night. Should i plant up in large pots first? If so, how many can i fit into what sized pot? I've got 10 in total...

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    You can stuff all 10 in a single pot with some moist compost around them. When the ground is ready for planting just shake the compost off the roots and plant them. No need to pot individually, they aren't going to "grow" as such (well ... assuming you plant them in the next few weeks and don't put them anywhere warm in the meantime!) so its just to get some moisture in contact with the roots so the plants don't dry out.

    You might find it easier to get "dry" compost (straight from the bag, without adding water) around the roots and then water the pot with a watering can & rose. The plants won't drink much this time of year, so not too much water and they won't need any more until planting (unless bad weather delays you significantly)
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    Stan, I commend you on your plan and thoughts it seems you need confirmation rather than needing any knowedge. I think what has been said is sound advice (as would be expected).

    For your interest, here is my plan. Look at garden, find spare space, plant something in it. It doesn't work very well though.
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