How to grow goose­ber­ries plus the latest jobs for the gar­den:

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREENSPACES -

DE­LI­CIOUS goose­berry fools, coulis and even goose­berry-based sauces to en­hance rich, sweet meats will add a zing to sum­mer din­ing.

They are among the eas­i­est soft fruits to grow and there are hun­dreds of clas­sic green, red, yel­low or white types, along with mildew-re­sis­tant or thorn­less ones, which can be grown as bushes, fans, cor­dons or stan­dards.

They should be planted in au­tumn or early win­ter in full sun or light shade in well-drained soil.

Once planted, dress with high potash fer­tiliser in spring and mulch with com­post, wa­ter well in dry weather and start har­vest­ing from late spring on­wards.

The first un­ripe berries can be thinned and used for cook­ing, the re­main­ing ones left to ripen for dessert use.

Prune them when the crop is over, cut­ting out dead or dam­aged wood.

What to do this week

n Wa­ter hang­ing bas­kets and con­tain­ers twice a day in ex­tended hot weather n Take rose cut­tings n Layer hon­ey­suckle, wis­te­ria and pas­sion flower by bending the shoots down to the ground, slit­ting the stem, dust­ing with root­ing pow­der and bury­ing this end in the soil, hold­ing it in place with a large stone

n Wa­ter blue hy­drangeas regularly with a colourant so­lu­tion to en­sure they re­main blue next sea­son

n Sup­port the new growth of dahlias

n Sow let­tuce weekly to con­tinue the harvest through­out the whole of sum­mer

n Don’t let run­ner beans dry out and, as they ripen, pick them regularly to en­sure they don’t be­come tough

n Plant out leeks raised from seed once they are the thick­ness of a pen­cil

n Top up your pond with a hosepipe as wa­ter evap­o­rates in the heat

n If grass is dry­ing out, leave the box off your mower and al­low the clip­pings to re­main on the lawn, which will help con­serve mois­ture

Goose­ber­ries

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