July 2010

July 2010

More Strawberries:  Since the Spring strawberries went down so well, weve decided to plant a new crop of plants in late June and early July, which will flower and crop this autumn.  We're making maximum use of the space in the new polytunnel by planting the strawberries between the rows of cherry trees.  The new plants should produce fruit from around mid August to early October.  These plants will then overwinter, to regrow in the Spring, and giving a new crop of fruit next May.

Blueberries at Ireland's Summit!  This month I finally managed to get around to climbing Carrauntoohil, Irelands highest mountain, with my eldest two kids.  It was very satisfying!  At the summit, which unfortunately became enveloped in low cloud just before we reached it, we paused for a break and a welcome snack of peanuts.  Before commencing our descent, I briefly explored the peak and looked to see what plant life happened to thrive up there.  I was amazed to find blueberry plants growing within mere metres of the summit cross!  I found no fruit on the plants I saw, though my search was not very thorough, yet I did find fruit on plants which I had observed a little earlier about 200m lower as I was ascending the mountain.




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