Is That a Fruit Growing in the Morrisons Beds?

If you have space in your garden – grow fruit!

Blackcurrants, Redcurrants, Whitecurrants, Gooseberries

  • One bush will provide you with plenty of fruit in around July for your family.
  • The fruit freezes really well and is only available in the shops for a short time, if at all!
  • If you like berries, it is a good idea to grow your own!

    Tips for looking after your fruit bushes

  • Fruit bushes are cheaper to buy bare rooted in the winter. They can be bought in pots at other times of the year.
  • Plant outside as soon as you receive bare-rooted plants so the roots don’t dry out and will start to grow as soon as the soil warms up.
  • If you are not ready to plant them in place when they arrive, plant into a large pot with peat-free compost. Ensure the compost doesn’t dry out.
  • Fruit bushes can be planted amongst your non-edible shrubs.
  • The non-edibles will help to feed your fruit bush and planting a mixture of plants together keeps away pests and disease.
  • Water frequently in the first year then less so once established.
  • Add a layer of well rotted manure in the spring to release nutrients slowly – leave a gap around the base of the bush.
  • Adding a layer of cardboard around the bush with a mulch on top will prevent the soil drying out – again, leave a gap around the base of the bush.
  • Pick fruit around July.
  • Prune on a dry day in winter when the leaves have all fallen.


The rhubarb is very popular in the flowerbeds! If you enjoy eating rhubarb, this is really easy to grow!

  • Rhubarb can be bought bare rooted in the winter.
  • It can tolerate a little shade but prefers to grow in a sunny position.
  • When planting, ensure the crown is level with the surface of the soil.
  • If you don’t have much space for growing vegetables, plant a crown of rhubarb in your flowerbed.
  • Water regularly in the first year and during dry weather in subsequent years.
  • Do not pick the stalks for the first year to allow it’s roots to grow strong.
  • Feed in spring by spreading a layer of manure around the base of the plant leaving a gap around the stalks.
  • Adding a layer of cardboard around the base of the plant with a mulch on top will prevent the soil drying out – again, leave a gap around the plant so it will not rot.
  • Pick the stalks from when they begin to grow – leave two or three stalks on each plant to get energy from the sun to grow more stalks.
  • The leaves are poisonous so never eat them! They can be composted.
  • Stop picking in July to allow the plant to allow them to recover for next year.

Fig Tree

Fig tree – the fig is a beautiful tree and doesn’t mind our salty air so much – did you know there is an old fig tree at Tide Mills?

  • Fig trees are easy to grow.
  • The roots of a fig tree need containing or the roots will travel and the tree won’t bear much fruit. The tree can be planted in a large tub in a flowerbed. The fig can be planted in a special bag which allows moisture and nutrients through – Rootex Root Control Bag.
  • Prune your fig tree in the winter. You will find guides on the internet.
  • Some summer pruning will be required. Visit Ashridge Nurseries website for advice.
  • Add a layer of well rotted manure. Leave a gap around the base of the tree to prevent rotting or disease.
  • Adding a layer of cardboard around the bush with a mulch on top will prevent the soil drying out – again, leave a gap around the base of the tree.
  • In September, pick off any unripe figs. Leave any pea sized figs, they will hopefully grow and ripen next year.
  • Visit this article on the Gardeners World website to find out more about planting and caring for a fig tree.


Strawberry – it’s been lovely to hear children excited when they see a strawberry growing in the Morrisons beds.

  • Strawberries need a little bit of looking after during the growing season.
  • Before planting strawberries, mix well-rotted manure with compost and put a layer on top of the soil where your strawberries will be planted.
  • Cover the area with a layer of carboard and completely cover with a layer of compost or rotted bark chippings. This will prevent the soil drying out.
  • Plant the strawberry plants 30cm apart in a row level with the soil. Leave 75cm between rows.
  • Water regularly.
  • When flowers start to blossom, add a potash feed (comfrey) when watering.
  • Add a layer of straw underneath the plants to protect them from the soil.
  • Visit this page on the Gardeners World website to find out more about looking after your strawberries and propagating (growing more plants from the runners).

Alpine Strawberries

Alpine strawberries are a really useful plant to have in your garden.

  • They like shade and pretty much look after themselves!
  • The plants spread providing ground cover.
  • With the wetter winters we’re having, a carpet of alpine strawberries will hold onto the soil and nutrients to stop them washing away.
  • Plant them underneath your fruit bushes to act as a living mulch.
  • As well as holding onto the soil and nutrients in the winter, alpine strawberries will hold moisture in the soil longer in the summer.
  • Hidden alpine strawberries under bushes are a gardeners secret treat while you’re working in the garden.
  • If they get too matted, you can pull away the unwanted plants, sprinkle over a layer of compost, shaking off any that falls onto the remaining plants into the soil, leaving space for new plants to grow into.
  • It’s important to have flowering plants around your vegetables when they’re growing to attract beneficial insects and look great!

Japanese Quince

  • Japanese quince is a really easy to grow low bush.
  • It provides beautiful bright flowers in spring and fruit in autumn.
  • The quince can be trained along a wall.
  • It can be planted in light shade.
  • It doesn’t really need pruning.
  • Mulch with manure in spring taking care to leave a gap around the base of the plant.
  • A Japanese quince does not provide much fruit but is a useful shrub to have in the garden.