I just cut around them with a spade and then go under them to lever them out. I was replanting about 6 feet away so there was no long distance to transport them. Getting blackcurrants in a straight line is a bit difficult because they are such big bushes. I used the garden line but also two sighting sticks at the ends of the row. The currant line is a little wonky but it will do for me.
Each of the planting holes had inoculated charcoal and mychorrhizal fungi scattered into it before the plants went in. As the soil was returned to the hole, I shook the plants to make sure the soil was falling right up to the roots. I think there was a little big bud mite (Cecidophyopsis ribis) on some of the branches so I took these off with secateurs.
|Black currants need a good mulch. January 2012|
|The blackcurrants mulched with horse manure|
and the strawberries with straw. March 2012
The spring is not flowing down the side of the allotment any more, however water is still bubbling out in the corner of the brassicae bed and where it disappears after that I don't know. Just so long as the water does not flow onto my allotment, I will be happy.
Still, that is by the by. The primula were moved and I just had time to dig one more hole before the lack of light and freezing wind forced me to go home.
Monday 19th January
I have eventually moved all the blackcurrant bushes.[:D][:D][:D]
It's amazing what a few frost free days can achieve. 9 bushes and I think 9 varieties but I am not sure because I have lost the labels. I just planted the best fruiting ones.
Cecidophyopsis ribis)Now I have to decide what to do with the 3 bushes I do not want.
I like to bury things so they will probably go at the bottom of a trench. It is amazing how much soil they have around their roots and this has left quite a hole in the new bed. I will double dig this area using the compost, weed turfs and last years lawn mowings in the bottom of the trench. Before that though, I will cut up the old blackcurrents and put them at the bottom. I hope that this will raise this area up to the level of the rest of the bed.