Soft fruit disaster

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  1. NigelJ

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    Okay soft fruit a complete disaster this year, with the exception of raspberries.
    Gooseberries lots of fruit all disappeared, branches broken, blackcurrant similar, redcurrants broken branches. Conclusion badgers/ squirrels don't like redcurrants.
    Fruit cage doesn't keep out determined badger.
    Strawberries a bit different see photos:
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    Lots of flowers, but most are like the above; any ideas?
     
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    Hi nigel you fortunate to see flowers on rasberries mine just leaves in fact my strawberries have disappered its been a wash out several onions i planted only 2 have grown and i have noticed something digging up my acer tree its in a big tub its not been a good year well not for me it hasnt but i seen this on the net it might explain why you having flowers but no fruit
    If your vegetables\fruits plants flower but bear no fruit, it is likely due to a lack of pollination as a result of problems relating to weather, wind and lack of insects. Pollination for Vegetable Production As the U.S. Forest Service describes, to produce fruit, flowers must be pollinated
    Growing conditions, such as temperature, weather, and nitrogen levels, can affect pollination and flower production.
    Many pests and ground animals destroy gardens but birds can do alot of damage
    I have noticed this year there is much less bees etc about
     
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    My runner beans have lots of flowers but no pods forming. I put it down to a lack of interest by bees. There seem to be plenty of bees around but they seem to be going for other flowers.

    Your strawberries don't appear to be getting pollinated. Mine have been ok this year, they are self fertile so bees are not entirely necessary but you can still help, if they are in a very sheltered position maybe the wind isn't shaking the flowers, maybe try doing that yourself to encourage fruit setting.
     
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    Hi jwk the bees must be up your end or they gone to Sting-apore.lol
    anyway my strawberries have all disappeared i not bothering buying new plants this year but my sage and Oregano done very well this yearxt
     
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      That had crossed my mind; must be timing I seem to recall a cold, blowy time around flowering time.
      The raspberries were a mass of bees as were the echiums.
       
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      One of the most useful materials in my 'edibles' garden is a big roll of stiff wire mesh (used for reinforcing concrete floors). Cut into pieces, it makes lovely bird-proof cloches for strawberries, deer-guards for fruit trees and a semi-permanent fence wherever required. Is there something like that available over there? A few canes/posts to keep it in place might just deter the badgers? It's not obtrusive once it's gone rusty :biggrin:
       
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        They are here but ignoring the beans :) I know because I got stung on the lip a few days ago when I was pruning some overhanging shrubs from next door. They have a nest in the overhanging heather and I hadn't noticed till too late.
         
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        This might explain why my tumbling Tom tomatoes aren't producing any fruit yet, despite billions of flowers on it for a while now.

        When I think about it, I've seen a grand total of one bumblebee this year so far. I hope this isn't a sign of a growing problem.
         
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        It's easy to help pollinate tomatoes, just give the plant a few taps morning and evening.
         
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          I heard some years ago that although we always think of bees as pollinators there are actually lots of other insects that do that job.
          Small flies and all kinds of things.

          Bear that in mind and think how your windscreen looked a few years ago after a drive in the countryside, mostly countryside that is now housing developments and industrial units.

          Climate change is the big thing.
          But massive development due to rising populations and to feed those people are the main driver to wiping out diversity, but its not on the agenda.
           
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            I had the same problem. We found the culprit to be a couple of doves. They flew into the bushes, breaking twigs left and right while trying to land and keep their balance. After that, they clumsily pecked at everything looking even remotely like a piece of fruit, ripe er green.(destroyed my whole cherry harvest this way).

            Two days ago one of my cats finally caught one of the doves. It was REALLY well fed and quite heavy. And surprise - the looting of our berry bushes suddenly stopped.
             
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