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    Quote Originally Posted by sparrow100 View Post
    Blackcurrants make huge bushes when mature. My Mum's is as tall as me (5ft10) and is about 5ft wide as well as just over 3ft deep. My cousins in Oslo have currants as hedging on their drive and they are now one long hedge - self-supporting and coping with a temperature range of -15 to 30C.

    It's a lovely idea - I'm growing a couple on my allotment, but as soon as I have a garden I am putting in a fruit hedge.
    my blackcurrants in the back garden grew to nearly 9ft tall last year as this was where the chooks used to spend the day scratching about and pooping, I have trimmed off 2ft this year as I am not steady enough to climb up stepladders now but its looking like a bumper crop...so more own ice cream....lifes hard but someones got to do it.....

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    My garden suffers from horsetail and have found the only thing that kills it is a weedkiller called kurtail.
    I have tried everything, pulling it out seems to make it spread, rubbing roundup into it kills the top but it grows back again and covering it up with weed fabric just makes it send long roots metres under the fabric until it finds the edge to grow out of.
    Kurtail is about 40 for a 500ml bottle but has lasted me 3 years, I am just about to order some more, I thought I had got rid of it all last year but odd bits are still popping up, I think I will get rid of it eventually by just spraying it as soon as I see it.
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    I have a blackcurrant hedge...works really wellAttachment 56160
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    Crikey! Why oh why don't I ever read labels? My lot will be needing to move position in a few years then... Thinking about it, I've seen black currant bushes that are enormous, but have never thought they are the same ones as the sticks I got from the pound shop! Must try harder with thinking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanny Chicken View Post
    Oooh now that is resourceful. I was advised to plant them two feet from the wall (an 18 inch high wall on the boundary of our garden with the road) and three feet apart. The area I have just stripped of turf

    I would bury the turves upside down about a foot deep below the new fruit bushes,let it help fertilise the soil instead of throwing it away...
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    Hi all

    Thanks for your interest and great photo Scarlet - really encouraging. I did the deed a couple of weekends ago. Stripped the turf and after giving the hens a fitted green carpet at one end of their run I did place the remainder upside down on a bare bit of earth on the front garden the other side of the central path where I was originally going to plant a complimentary goosegog hedge but I have now decided to put a couple of gooseberries in with the blackcurrants (there's plenty of room at the moment lol). I double dug the area and incorporated two bags of farmyard manure and one of soil conditioner. I then covered it and left it and I will be going out shortly for the big reveal (and to check the marestail situation!) All being well I'll plant them today and should then be able to post the photos. Thanks for the tip about the kurtail. I'm going to look for some online in a sec. I don't want to sound flippant but that sounds like 40 well spent to me - you'd have to suffer marestail to understand :-(
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    Personally I wouldn't touch Kurtail or recommend use by non-professionals. Notwithstanding you can get it on fleabay it's meant for professional use only and carries all sorts of warnings about protective gear, including breathing masks etc. It's not great for wildlife either.

    I have marestail too, so I understand what you mean, but that stuff is proper nasty - and requires several repeat applications. I looked into our site using it on an infested plot last year.
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