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  • Joined Apr 2017
Rasps, logans, tays ?
« on: February 05, 2018, 11:45:36 am »
I have some raspberries growing on the side of the lane on a steep bank and would like to stick some more in.
Fancy trying some loganberries or tayberries or anything else that will grow.
They are out in the wild on their own and have to look after them selves so don't suggest anything that can't survive a windy cold Scottish hill with zero maintenance, though I may knock the nettles down a bit if possible.
Anything else I could stick in - but needs to be soon.


  • Joined Sep 2010
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Re: Rasps, logans, tays ?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 08:23:42 am »
My rasps have spread themselves and I'm hacking out lines each year to get to the fruit so I wouldn't spend a lot of money adding to yours til you see them sucker and spread.

I have a bed for other berries including a domestic blackberry, tay, logans, they all do fine in a Scottish winter but honestly the blackberry is a pain and drowns the logan and tay given half a chance so I'd stick with one or t'other. 

Also I have white red and blackcurrants which might be worth considering if you like them.  If you can put in a blueberry or two you'll need to keep the soil supplied but it's origin is in old blaeberries that cope fine in Scottish winters.
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  • Joined Apr 2017
Re: Rasps, logans, tays ?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 09:47:37 am »
Thanks, the existing rasps are native and I chop them back when they start hanging out over the drive.
had a look in the local garden centre yesterday and they have allsorts so will probably get a couple of logans and maybe some blueberries too.
Did consider blackberries but don't want them crawling all over and drowning everything else out.
Also looked at gooseberies but they tend to sprawl out a bit so probably not enough room.

Carol King

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: Rasps, logans, tays ?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 10:46:33 am »
Have another look at gooseberries, it's all in the pruning, but worth it, known for hardiness so ideal for your situation.
Is it possible to put posts a nd wire up? Idea is to grow your blackberries tayberries etc up the post, along the top wire, the following year this growth is brought down along lower wires while new growth is taken to the top wire ready to repeat process next year/winter. Or train all growth to one side of a central post, the next year's growth is trained the other side while old growth is cut out.
Blackcurrant? American way is to cut each bush down to ground every 3 years. Sounds easy.
Our problem is birds, blackbirds take everything, fruit cage was flattened by the snow a few years ago.


  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Rasps, logans, tays ?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2018, 10:51:44 am »
I wanted to plant some sea buckthorn, honey berries and saskatoon berries.
I'm not in Scotland though. Those species grow well in Siberia and canada ( I.e. much much colder winter's but also hot and sunny summers, not sire how well they would do in wet Scottish summers.
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.


  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: Rasps, logans, tays ?
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2018, 11:45:19 am »
I have two honey berries here in Orkney. They are about two years old and have survived which is the first hurdle here! I have had a handful of berries from them in that time so they haven't done that great. However, pollination is sometimes an issue here so they might do better in other parts of Scotland.


  • Joined Apr 2017
Re: Rasps, logans, tays ?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 10:39:00 am »
Gooseberries are out as they take up too much space and require maintenance, definately loganberries, blueberries look interesting as long as they grow tall enough to get out of the weeds.
Like the sound of honeyberries and if they can survive in Orkney....
I think though that all i will be doing is feeding the birds but you got to try.


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