Peaches, plums, nectarines. They're a step up from your berries; a step down from your apples. I must admit starting proper fruit trees from scratch are something I'm saving for when I have more permanent roots in Bristol, but after last year's raspberry experiment I thought I'd branch out with black currants (I swear I didn't mean those puns!).
It's always a danger when you start growing to get a bit carried away. Like going into a supermarket on an empty stomach. Anyone can grow tomatoes but who else is growing whitecurrants huh? Nevermind that you've never seen one let alone eaten one, just think how cutting edge you are.
Garden centres are alive to the scent of an overenthusiastic beginner in particular and my favourite little hideaway Riverside Garden Centre seduced me with all manner of soft fruit promise. All I could think of was Ribena, and blackcurrant chewits.
As things stand, due to my utter failure to look after my garden in May, my currents have decided to make the most of their situation, concentrating all their energy on producing some juicy looking numbers at the expense of the leaves.
But I seem to be sharing the plant with another critter from the insect world. The ant. Crawling everywhere, I've never had to deal with them before. I don't want to spray my fruit, and don't even know if they are a problem because they just seem to be duckin' and divin' all over the leaves but not touching the fruit. Are ants a threat?
I'll leave on this note. There appears to be paths to follow whether you stick to the classics (strawberries), go soft (currants) or hard (apple). Once you start harvesting your fruit, a world opens up - blackcurrant vodka anyone? And once you get really good, you can even make up your own fruit:
Tayberries grown by Gillian.
Well, that was my first impression. Raspberry on steroids or real fruit?