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LOGANBERRY

The sweetest of garden snacks, that you may never have heard of, and no it’s not found on the lickable wallpaper of Willy Wonka. Loganberry often doesn’t make it to the kitchen unless its via the juice on your own hands. To counteract this plant more canes so that you can have a bigger harvest and eventually the rest of your housemates will get to try some of that loganberry you’ve been talking so much about. Cane are available in nurseries at winter as bare rooted stock.

PLANTING

Dig a hole roughly 20cm wide and deep, place the root zone in the hole and then cover them over with soil until ground level is restored. Make sure that the cane is vertical and then water in with fish fertiliser or seaweed extract. Mulch with either pea straw or lucerne hay to a depth of 2–3cm immediately after watering.

WATERING

In ground: Water daily, first thing in the morning, for the first 4 weeks and 3-4 times a week in the absence of rainfall thereafter.

In Pots: Water daily, in the absence of rainfall, for the entirety of the warm season, and then cut back to watering every second day during the cooler times of the year.

MAINTENANCE

Mulch well to retain soil moisture and suppress weeds, but keep away from the trunk to prevent rot. Apply an all-round fertiliser to soil when growth begins in early spring. Canes that have died or bared fruit in the past season should be cut down at ground level during winter.

HARVESTING

Time until first harvest: although new canes may produce some berries in the first year, it will take at least 1–2 of growth until you get some meaningful fruit

How to harvest: let blueberries ripen on the plant and then gently pull from the cluster using ‘soft hands’ as opposed to the ‘oversized brute hands’ you normally enlist for help.

TIP

Fruit production occurs on second year growth, so it is most efficient to divide the plant into two sections. After one section fruits, cut it right back. Harvest fruit from the other section the following year and then cut that one back. Go about alternating the harvest and cutting every year to get a steady harvest.

WHEN TO PLANT

Cool/Mountainous: Apr-Oct
Temperate: May-Sept
Subtropical: Jun-Aug
Tropical: Jun-Aug

BEST GROWN FROM

Bare rooted cane

POSITION

Full sun

DEPTH

Dig hole slightly deeper than the root ball, place in the hole and cover back over until ground level is restored

SPACING

1–2 m

IDEAL PH LEVEL

5.5–7.0

SOIL

Add plenty of well-rotted chook manure and compost in order to create a rich, well-drained and slightly acidic soil

BEST SUITED TO

Pots, in-ground

GROWING IN POTS?

>60cm

POLLINATION

Self-pollinating

CHILL FACTOR

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