The space was completely overgrown. The blackberry bush from the other side of the fence has spread over to our side and there was other growth of great magnitude and variety.
I’ve cut quite a bit of the bush from the other side of the fence to give the space more sunlight.
Then I have removed all the plants I didn’t like. It looks like I don’t like most plants because this was the result:
There are a few raspberries – quite tiny, they’re not doing great – and currants. The currants struggled in the undergrowth but they are healthy, this one is the biggest:
I reckon the space is not worth much effort, but it’s worth some effort. It’s by a fence and under trees so it’s always going to be quite shady. On the other hand, there was already a lot of work put in there, and it does not take much to keep it going.
I think the currants can cope now. They should give a handful of fruit, and we can also propagate them in the space – through cuttings, or by rooting branches – and plant them somewhere cool.
More strawberries and marigold, a wonderful companion plant, were planted at the Wycliffe Fruit Aisle. The cover with cardboard and soil is also working very well to protect the space from weeds!
On the 20th of May, we went to the Wycliffe Fruit Aisle space to cover the soil with cardboards/newspapers and a special soil conditioner. The aim is to prevent the growth of weeds around the bushes. Especially the growth of the nettles that are quite persevering!
About 1/3 of the space is covered now. Thanks Rosie and Ivan for your good job! The next session is coming soon… 😉
We had a nice sunny time taking care of the space. We removed a lot of nettles, added strawberries and rasberries and a great amount of signs. We also removed a lot of waste. Thank you everyone for this great work!
We stocked this long, formerly weed-occupied space along a fence with as many fruit bushes as we could so I like to call the Wycliffe Fruit Aisle. Wycliffe Road is very near to one of the large supermarkets in Cambridge, but residents should soon be able to pick their own soft fruit, including strawberries, blueberries, tayberries, raspberries and blackcurrants. A great example of how you can use fruit bushes instead of other evergreen shrubbery to landscape.