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Soft fruit harvest 2013

December 19, 2013

Author: Keith Gillings – (Volunteer – Produce Team)

Well the 2013 harvest of soft fruit has finally come to an end.  As you will remember the beginning of the year was cold and wet which adversely affected our strawberry and raspberry crop reducing our yields compared to previous years.  Thankfully the currants came to the rescue with redcurrants, whitecurrants and blackcurrants being plentiful and of very good size and flavour.  The gooseberries, blackberries and blueberries have also provided a decent crop and we even harvested some mulberries – a very messy business!

Everyone needs a little summer treat!

Strawberries – A favourite with our visitors.

Our fruit harvest statistics for the 2013:

Friut 2012 Date of first cropping 2012 Weight (kg) 2013 Date of first cropping 2013 Weight (kg)
Strawberries

25/05/2012

21.00

26/06/2013

7.25

Raspberries

01/07/2012

14.40

08/07/2013

10.035

Gooseberries

01/07/2012

12.10

04/07/2013

15.85

Redcurrants

09/07/2012

7.21

12/07/2013

26.4

Blackcurrants

13/07/2012

4.75

15/07/2013

14.49

Blackberries

15/07/2012

11.82

20/07/2013

32.74

Blueberries

23/07/2012

0.74

06/08/2013

0.65

White Currants

23/07/2012

0.40

15/07/2013

6.46

Mulberries  NA  0

01/08/2013

1.5

Figs (number of figs)  NA  0

06/09/2013

190 figs

Mulberries. Wonderfully juicy summer fruit.

Mulberries. Wonderfully juicy summer fruit.

The new season ahead

Looking forward we hope that 2014 will be somewhat more forgiving. A short, sharp and preferably drier winter will go a long way to helping us on the road to a more favourable harvest. In the mean time the whole gardening team here at The Vyne wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. We look forward to seeing you all again when we open on the 2nd January 2014.

Please see our opening times for more information.

Keith Gillings our fruit harvest guru with a selection of his finest produce.

Keith Gillings and a selection of soft and hard fruits from the Walled garden and Orchard

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