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Sutton Grange

  • Joined Apr 2019
Layout of soft fruit patch
« on: April 16, 2019, 11:33:50 am »
I have had a vegetable patch for a number of years but have now just dug myself (well my husband has!) a raised bed that I want to put in some soft fruit bushes.  I am thinking 4 x Raspberries,2 x Blackcurrants, 1 x rhubarb, 1 x gooseberry and a few strawberries, I am not sure how to lay this out? any ideas it the bed is in a corner so has walls to two of the sides, I was thinking of the gooseberry in one corner, and the rhubarb at an end?
Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Aug 2015
  • Bristol
Re: Layout of soft fruit patch
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2019, 08:26:47 am »
Personally, I put the tallest plants to the northern end and the shortest to the south, so that everything should get some sun...


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Layout of soft fruit patch
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2019, 12:26:22 pm »
Is the bed shaded or does it get sunshine?  That will make a big difference.  You may also need to keep it well watered.  If a wall is south facing you could put a fan trained plum or cherry up it.  I would put strawberries along the front (sunniest), the rasps in a block at a wall end(they will spread by suckers so you need to keep them under control), rhubarb at an open end as the leaves are large and spreading, and it will need watering, and the gooseberry and blackcurrants in between.  In a well manured bed, blackcurrant will grow huge, so prune it regularly.  I would have 2 gooseberries, one for cooking, one for eating raw, and one b'currant.

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  • Joined Aug 2018
Re: Layout of soft fruit patch
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2019, 02:51:29 pm »
This is ours, laid out in January of this year. It fits in with the advice others have given. I have my back roughly South. Straight after the black polythene, I have strawberries (shortest), then some rhubarb plants. Red and green gooseberries behind those and then red, white and black currants. Nearest the fence just before the pile of earth, we have autumn and summer fruiting raspberries.

So, from South to North (roughly, as I am planting across a slope, too), shortest to tallest.


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