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Fri 19-Mar-10
7:46 pm
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shelley
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I am soo excited as I am about to plant my new fruit patch this weekend; later to become my fruit cage once hubby is home long enough to build one for me!!

In it I am planting

                                  12 strawberry plants,

                                   6 gooseberry bushes

                                   10   raspberry bushes

                                   5 blackcurrant/gooseberry crosses (called caseille here - no idea in the uk -                                                                                          produce  huge blackcurrants)

                                   2 rhubarb plants

Plus more as I get organised - maybe some naturalised blackberry bushes?  

I already have 2 kiwis beginning, though apparently they take ages to set and they haven't liked the cold winter.  Also a pear tree and the obligatory cherry tree for this region.

So lots of fruit for all my jam making this year; I cant wait to get the gooseberries and blackcurrants as they are impossible to get here in toulouse in the shops/markets

(hopping from foot to foot on excitement!)

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Sat 20-Mar-10
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Ooh sounds great. We used to have a fruit cage when I was school age - rows of strawberries & raspberries, black, red & white currants.....and oh yeah gooseberries & rhubarb (yuck). Some years my Dad used to try out new varieties for the strawberries. We'd pick our favourite from the previous year, which was repeated plus 2 new varieties to try. I remember this being "serious business"  Funny what sticks in your memory.

Keep us posted with your progress. Any chance of photos?

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Sat 20-Mar-10
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We are hoping to plant bushes this year but we may have to wait until autumn so we can get prepared. We do have other bushes though which we will have access to this year, last year our tenants had them but they've moved

Sat 20-Mar-10
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Shelley this sounds really exciting.  It's great to have a project you can develop over the season and beyond.  Now I love gooseberries and hate blackcurrants.  Would I love or hate caseille?  I have never heard of it before.

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Sat 20-Mar-10
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What wonderful anticipation.  I can understand your excitement.  Keep us up-dated won't you?

I'll try that again!

Sat 20-Mar-10
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Ok 

so all is planted today; can hardly move now (I am not supposed to overdo it as if I do I hurt all over for days.....but I always forget when I am gardening!Whistle)

Will try and take some photos asap and post them

such fun!!

ps also planted my potatoes today, potted on my courgette seedlings and my sunflower seedlings and planted some watermelon seeds!!

Sat 20-Mar-10
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Stands aghast - we have lost about 20-30cm of snow in the last couple of days and someone was spotted wading their way down to their greenhouse today and that is as near as we got.Doh

Sat 20-Mar-10
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Oh dear Joanna you must be envious of us here, but I'm sure Spring will arrive soon.   Big_Hug  What time is sunset with you?

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Sat 20-Mar-10
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average temp here all week has been between 10 & 20°C !! Today has been grey and a bit mizzly but still very warm; wore a t-shirt to gerden in and was very warm!

Sat 20-Mar-10
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danast said:Oh dear Joanna you must be envious of us here, but I'm sure Spring will arrive soon.   Big_Hug  What time is sunset with you?


I am envious now, wet slushy snow is the worst possible stuff Steam. It is going at quite a rate and only another 20-30cm to go and set to rain tomorrow night so I wouldn't be surprised if that just about shifts it. Our temperatures are positive and forecast for 9C tomorrow but will dip again next week around 3C during the day but freezing again at night. Cheers

Sun 21-Mar-10
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well, there was a reason why I moved to the south of France and not Latvia and this comparison of weather and temperatures just about sums it up!!Surprised

Sun 21-Mar-10
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My hsuband does wonder sometimes but then again we love the people here, not quite as exuberant as the mediterraneans.

Fri 26-Mar-10
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Josta berries are a gooseberry-blackcurrant cross. I don't know if they are the same as caseille. I don't like them much, and don't like blackcurrants. Danast, I am so glad to find someone else who doesn't like them! Ok

Fri 26-Mar-10
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I'm not too keen on uncooked blackcurrants, but my fav jam of all is blackcurrant!!  

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Monster     Eeek      Monster      Eeek     Thumbs_Down      Thumbs_Down      ( sorry Shelley)

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