Just to say I was looking for more info on growing tomatoes in my second year of owning a greenhouse and new (well very old and neglected garden). Your video part1 was so helpful and I am delighted to realize you are quite close and in planning the other re-planting of the garden will anticipate a visit very soon!! Thank you again
Fran Bryan, Winchelsea
The Sloe bush Prunus spinosa, also know as the Blackthorn tree, produces small plum-like fruits known as 'drupes' in autumn. These sloe fruits (which are often mis-described as berries) are usually added to gin (along with a sizeable amount of sugar!) or vodka, and make a great addition to homemade preserves.
An Autumn frost will help to sweeten these extremely tart fruits, which we don't recommend are eaten raw! Prunus spinosa can be grown as a sloe bush if pruned at 6-8 feet in height, or left to its own devices will reach around 16 feet (5 metres) tall.
Sometimes known as Blackthorn. Clouds of white flowers are followed by the astringent blue-black fruits. Ideal for jams, jellies - and of course sloe gin.
Available from approximately mid November 2014
Supplied as a bare root plant pruned to approximately 2 - 3 feet (60 - 90 cm) tall including roots.