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    burnie is online now Veggie gardener
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    I dug up the Honeyberry and binned it, unpleasant and poor cropper for me, have blackcurrent x6, guzzgogs x2, Rasps x8(new bed, may get more) and strawbs x40
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    Thanks everyone, these are really helpful suggestions. Totally forgot to mention about rhubarb and strawberries but will definitely be growing those. Have dropped the honeyberry and am adding in a tayberry for definite! Will look at loganberries etc too. Hoping to do fruit trees at some point after the soft fruit

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    For soft fruits, I grow what I already know I like to eat and are pricey/hard to find rather than novelties: raspberries (autumn ones as they are easier to prune and no netting from birds), bluberries (yum - no sharing of these!), also one each blackcurrant (for drinks), redcurrant (for jelly), and gooseberries (actually nice in cakes etc. if allowed to fully ripen, which surprised workmates when I had them try them) and a small grape vine (for jelly).

    I also have a boysenberry for novelty (again, it needs to really ripen not just be black before eating) and many rhubarbs (7 and counting - I like to share them). I also have a small bed of Mara de Bois strawberries (everbearing variety for snacking throughout the season), as they are best tasting ones in IMHO. No blackberries as they are easy to forage (add I do collect loads from the hedgerows, where they go to waste). I may get the hubby one of those tiny-fruited kiwis for fun, but I have no experience with those.

    Fruit trees, well, I have fair number of them too...pears, apples, quince, fig, peach, damson, greengages, plum, morello cherries...

    Yup, addictive like seeds... And as you said, if you like them you can propagate them for yourself or to share.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Porcupine View Post
    For soft fruits, I grow what I already know I like to eat and are pricey/hard to find rather than novelties: raspberries (autumn ones as they are easier to prune and no netting from birds), bluberries (yum - no sharing of these!), also one each blackcurrant (for drinks), redcurrant (for jelly), and gooseberries (actually nice in cakes etc. if allowed to fully ripen, which surprised workmates when I had them try them) and a small grape vine (for jelly).

    I also have a boysenberry for novelty (again, it needs to really ripen not just be black before eating) and many rhubarbs (7 and counting - I like to share them). I also have a small bed of Mara de Bois strawberries (everbearing variety for snacking throughout the season), as they are best tasting ones in IMHO. No blackberries as they are easy to forage (add I do collect loads from the hedgerows, where they go to waste). I may get the hubby one of those tiny-fruited kiwis for fun, but I have no experience with those.

    Fruit trees, well, I have fair number of them too...pears, apples, quince, fig, peach, damson, greengages, plum, morello cherries...

    Yup, addictive like seeds... And as you said, if you like them you can propagate them for yourself or to share.
    Sounds delicious! Thanks for the info

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    Just noticed they have Selva Strawberry in Wilko Site. These are everbearing, so a couple plants and a few runners for next year could see an extended season for years to come.

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    A lot what to grow might depend on what pests are present in your area and what they take a fancy to.
    Autumn rasperies (crop both spring and autumn) and blackcurrants always give me a good crop as does a tayberry. Strawberries usually are eaten before I can pick them by different pests each year, even when netted. Last year was mice, year before and quite often in past squirrels. Slugs and ants in other years but mainly it is squirrels and mice. Blackbirds will do almost anything for red currants and are quite partial to gooseberries round here.
    Hopefully, if you grow a variety and with a bit of netting, they will leave you enough of what you like.

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    In our garden we have gooseberries x2, rhubarb x2, raspberries x4, apple trees x2 (all different varieties), 2 white currants 1 red (for the blackbirds), established black currant and another 2 taken from cuttings as they are so tasty and we wanted more. We gather plenty of blackberries locally and through our own hedge on to farmers field.
    My next consideration is going to be a fruiting hedge separating garden from veg patch. I'm currently considering a few plums, maybe a greengauge, two pears perhaps then underplanted with gooseberries, currants etc.

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    Lots of strawberries rhubarb raspberry’s and blackberries as all are very easy to grow. I also have blue (red) blueberries but they don’t grow very well. Some tayberries. But got rid of the gooseberries and blackcurrents as no body seemed to eat them

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