We had bought some raspberry, blackberry and gooseberry plants from the garden centre a few weeks back and had them in our back garden until we had cleared some more space on the plot to plant them. The raspberry bush was getting plenty of growth – lots of extra leaves developing on it – was definitely time to get it in the ground!
Decided to put these the other end of the plot, not near a path, because I didn’t want people to be tempted to pick any as they walked past! There wasn’t really any dividing line between our plot and the one behind it, so I put some stakes in for the time being.
Just in front of the stakes, I dug three small holes, evenly apart for the plants to go in. Watered the holes a little, and then slightly squeezed the pots so the plants would just fall out into my hand. Plonked them in the ground and covered with the dirt I’d dug out, and then pushed it down firmly.
To get to the part of the plot where the fruit is now planted, there was still lots of grass and weeds to walk over. And as I was walking over it I got a waft of mint – very strong – and lovely. Looking down, amongst the overground grass was a mass of mint plants and some chives! I dug them out and took off as much dirt around the roots. We had a spare wheel barrow that was of no use to us anymore, so we decided to plant the mint in that because it spreads so much and easily that we didn’t want it to take over any part of the plot. Contained was definitely better. We punched a few holes in the bottom for drainage, and some broken pots in the bottom then put some top soil in the barrow, then planted the mint. The smell is amazing.
With the chives we found in the grass, we dug that up and put it in our raised bed along with the herbs we’d planted, and the other chives we had grown from seed. Wouldn’t have needed to bother with those seeds had we discovered the chives earlier on.