Soft fruit focus

Soft fruit focus

It’s that time of year to be planting soft fruit, ready for next summer. We’ve a great selection in the nursery and have also given you a few wee recipes to enjoy the fruits of your labour!

Blueberries

Ripen    Late July/Early August

Position Requires acid social, reasonably moist. Position in a open site to cope well.

Planting Water thoroughly before planting. ;ant keeping the root ball surface level with the surrounding soil, filling the hole with soil mixed with some compost. Firm well and water in. Do not allow to dry out in warm weather.

Plant care Water freely preferably with rain water in summer. Remove dead wood in winter.

Easy blueberry cupcakes

Preheat over to 180C. Place 8 cupcake liners in a tin an add 1 teaspoon of water to each. In a bowl combine 195g of flour, half a teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of baking powder, mix together well. In a jug add 80ml of vegetable oil, half a cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and one large egg. Whisk well. Add to the mixing and use a spatula to combine with the flour. Fold in 1 large cu of fresh blueberries. Divide mix between the cases and stud with fresh blueberries, sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake for 15-20mins.

Honeyberry

Harvest – Early summer

Position – Likes full sun or partial shade. Very hardy and easy to grow, plants are semi-self fertile so will benefit from a partner. Can be trained up a wall.

Planting – Water thoroughly or stand container in water for an hour before planting. Plant in hole large enough to avoid disturbing the root ball. Back fill with soil previously mixed with peat substitute and a suitable fertilizer.

Plant care – Prune out older stems at the base in spring. Keep moist. Avoid disturbing roots after planting.

Honeyberry and lemon yogurt

Place 2 cups of yoghurt in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of honey, squeeze in half a fresh lemon and add in half a cup of fresh honeyberries. Mix well and serve.

Lingonberries

Harvest – Mid-summer

Position – Requires an acid soil, reasonably moist. Position in an open site to crop well.

Planting – Water thoroughly before planting. Plant keeping the root-ball surface level it the surrounding soil, filling the hole with soil mixed with some compost. Firm well and water in. Do not allow to dry out in warm weather.

Plant care – Water freely preferably with rain water in summer. Remove dead wood in winter.

Lingonberry Jam

Place 2lb of lingonberries in a large pot with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes and skim off any foam from the surface. Stir in 2 cups of sugar, bring to a rapid boil, and continue boiling for a few more minutes. Decant into jars and cool.

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