Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Grow­ing goose­ber­ries

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 dam­aged wood.

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