Autumn Raspberries and Harvesting Squash | Garden Vlog


Hello, today I’m going to cut back my
autumn fruiting raspberries in preparation for next year. I’m Liz Zorab
and this is Byther Farm. There are two types of raspberries,
summer fruiting and autumn fruiting. And it’s not just the season that they’re
called is the difference. Summer fruiting raspberries produce their berries on the
canes that grew last year, so at the end of each year you want to get rid of the
ones that are fruited. And you can tell those because they’ll be brown and you
want to keep the green ones. And autumn fruiting raspberries produce their fruit
on this year’s growth, so what you want to do is cut them back in the autumn and
winter right down to ground and that will encourage them to send up lots of
new shoots and those are the ones that will produce fruit. So I have tried
leaving some of them to see whether they will fruit more or earlier. So the plants that I cut right down to the ground have really good strong healthy growth. I’m
just seeing the beginning of flowers and fruits. Gosh, I think that
one’s actually flowered, so that’s beginning of fruits on that one, they’re
looking pretty good actually. Let’s going to have a look at the
ones I left and of course it’s not that I actually left them I cut them down to
about knee height. As you can see, you know I’m five foot
seven, these are pretty much the same height as me. They’re growing really well,
they’re looking healthy, lots and lots of flower beds on them, but also have there
is an awful lot of fruits coming. In fact there’s fruit to harvest – and they taste really nice! And they do indeed fruit a bit earlier
if you leave them for them to carry on growing from from tall canes the next
year. But you don’t really get any more fruits and I’ve decided that I quite
like the separation of having strawberries early in the year and
raspberries later in the year, so I’m going to get all of these cut down to the
ground and hope for a bumper crop next year. Now in previous years I have waited
until all the foliage has died back and cut them much later in the year. This
year I’m doing it now because in previous years they’ve carried on producing fruit well
into the middle of November and this year. the heavy rain and the very cold
winds, have made all the berries go black, killed off the flowers and they’re just
not producing any more fruit. It’s quite noisy here today because the farmer is working in the field next to us, so he’s got machinery going on. S,o sorry about
all the background noise it can’t be helped. So the only advantage I guess to doing this is that it’s going to add more
green to the compost to help break down the more woody material. But as I said
normally I would wait until all of this has died back. But you can see here that
there are new buds forming along this already, so it’s healthy, it’s lively but
it’s just not going to produce any more fruit for us. We do have two more
raspberry patches that are still fruiting because they’re in different
places and haven’t got caught by that very bitter wind. If you’re enjoying this video please give it a thumbs up or leave a comment. And if you haven’t done
so already, please consider subscribing to the channel. So now I can get back to
harvesting squashes. So this is another one is supposed to be
a pink banana squash, it’s not well it sort of is but I think it is a cross. Well
actually he’s one of Phil’s relations. Phil being the squash that sat behind me
on the counter all of last year while I was doing the live chats, it’s got a fair old
weight to this. We’ve got quite a few really big squashes this year and though they’re lovely to look at they’re not brilliant for the kitchen because we,
only two of us, are only going to use a quarter of one at a time, it that!
And then I have to freeze it or turn it into a soup and freeze it or
share it with a neighbor. So if I get smart what I will do is I will use a
piece for us on a Sunday or a Monday and then take the rest of it to the
slimming group that I go to and share it with the girls there. This is the bed
that’s got the yacon in it and after my Homestead Tour last week several people
really kindly said to me not to harvest it yet, but to wait until the leaves are
blackened and that was the point that the tubers would really start developing
for harvesting. And somebody said that they leave theirs in over winter and
just harvest a few bits at a time. So I’m really pleased they told me that,
otherwise I’d have taken this up and been very disappointed. Now these two
courgettes here – this one has given me one courgette
all year. I think you can see mass of powdery mildew on it, so that it’s not
going in my compost bin. I’m going to have to find, I think, somewhere on the
homestead that I can have a small bonfire, I’ll get an incinerator, but
actually don’t have anywhere that isn’t right next to the polytunnel or right
next to a load of wood chippings. I’m really going to have to think about it
carefully. And this one sad old thing it has actually got some babies on it
but I don’t think they’re going to come now. I’m going to get this out of the
ground and call it a day on courgettes from this one. Now this is actually a
plant that I got from Huw and his very neat writing says it was Courgette
Genovese. I haven’t had that one before, it was
really nice it was quite pale in color, pale green with slightly some lighter
and some darker streaks along it. It also was a really nice flavor, so we’ll
be growing that one again. And what I’ve got here is spaghetti
squashes and the vine for it has totally died back just leaving the
squashes behind. So I’ve got four to go and add to the
barrow.

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