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