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There's nothing like eating freshly picked fruit from the garden. For the best results, harvest top fruit and soft fruit with care at the correct time. The advice below explains how to gauge the timing and about some of the problems that may be encountered.
Top fruit. Apples, apricots, acid cherries, sweet cherries, figs, damsons, medlar, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums and quince
Soft fruit. Blackberries, blueberries, currants, goji berries, gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries.
Early summer Goji berries, gooseberries and strawberries.Mid-summer Apricots, blueberries, cherries, currants, gooseberries, jostaberry, nectarines, peaches and strawberries.Late summer Early-ripening apple cultivars, blackberries, damsons, figs, grapes, plums and raspberries.Autumn Apples, goji berries, medlar, pears and quince, autumn-fruiting raspberries.
Most fruit should taste sweet and palatable with a few exceptions:
Apple and pear summer pruningApple and pear winter pruningApples: choosing cultivarsBlackberry and hybrid berry pruningFruit: storingFruit thinningGrape pruning and trainingPears: choosing cultivarsPlums, gages and damsons: choosing cultivarsRootstocks for fruit
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