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When are Gooseberries in Season?

When are Gooseberries in Season?

Gooseberries have been a popular British fruit for centuries dating as far back as the Elizabethan era. The fruits are in their season between May and August, with their peak being in July. Early in their season, gooseberries are bright green in colour and usually have veined effects on their skin. They are also somewhat hard and tart. This variety is perfect for making the classic English pudding, jams, tarts, and sauces. Later on, the fully ripe, sweeter fruits available…

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How to freeze gooseberries

How to freeze gooseberries

Gooseberries are known for making jams, desserts and wines thanks to their sweet-tart taste when ripe. The fruits have just one season through the year and when it’s time to harvest, you will much likely end up with a lot of them. Under-ripe berries are perfect for jam preparation whilst the fully ripe fruits are ideal for use in beverages and desserts. The gooseberries, however, will not last too long after the harvest and this is were freezing them comes…

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Why Does My Gooseberry Bush Not Fruit

Why Does My Gooseberry Bush Not Fruit

The major reason people grow gooseberries is to indulge in the delicious fruit. If you have gooseberry plants around, you expect them to bear fruit at a certain point, and if this doesn’t happen; there is a problem. If you are facing this challenge, below are factors affecting your plant’s ability to fruit and what you can do about it: The two most common reasons for gooseberries not fruiting are either they are simply too young, they need a good…

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Growing Gooseberries in Pots

Growing Gooseberries in Pots

Gooseberries are a doddle to grow and can flourish in nearly any kind of soil provided that they have lots of sunshine. They can be grown in pots or containers, as bushes or even trained against a fence or wall to save space. Today we’ll delve into growing gooseberries in pots and the various aspects surrounding their growth; watering, harvesting, common problems, and more. Planting the gooseberry in pots Gooseberries are hardy, deciduous, perennial shrubs that grow up to 5ft…

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How and when to Grow Gooseberries From Cuttings

How and when to Grow Gooseberries From Cuttings

Growing gooseberries from cuttings is an easy and inexpensive process that can be done by following a few simple steps. When to take gooseberry cuttings Ideally, you want to take hardwood cuttings which should be done between September and October while the ground is still warm to encourage rooting. Still, the most ideal time is just after the plants have dropped their leaves or just before. How to take gooseberry cuttings Cuttings from gooseberry bushes must be made from hardwood…

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When and How to Prune Gooseberries

When and How to Prune Gooseberries

Gooseberries are some of the hassle-free fruiting shrubs to have in your garden. You can grow them in gardens, big or small, in allotment patches as well as in containers which is one of my favourite ways to grow them. The issue for many people, however, is in regards to pruning these plants and that’s largely because of their thorny nature but also because they need to be pruned every year and correctly to get the most fruit. If you…

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What’s Eaten the Leaves on Your Gooseberry Bush – Gooseberry Sawfly

What’s Eaten the Leaves on Your Gooseberry Bush – Gooseberry Sawfly

Gooseberry farming was made popular in 19th century Britain, but the plant is still indigenous to many parts of Europe and Western Asia. It is cultivated for various uses, both domestic and commercial purposes. The berries are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked as an ingredient in desserts. They are also used to flavor beverages such as soda, flavored water, and fruit wine. The gooseberry fruit can be preserved in the form of jam, dried fruit, and as…

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Why are my leaves curling on my gooseberries?

Why are my leaves curling on my gooseberries?

Leaf curling of gooseberry leaves can either be upwards or downwards depending on a number of factors that affect your gooseberries. They could be nutritional deficiencies, disease or infection, insects, abiotic discharge, waterlogged soil, dehydration and dare I say it, even climate changes. Insect infestation and, in particular, aphids, are usually the first culprit at the first sign of leaf curling, usually affecting the new growth at the tips of the branches. I would say 90% of the time, aphids…

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How to look after a lemon tree?

How to look after a lemon tree?

To successfully look after a lemon tree, you need to pay attention to three things: watering, nutrients and the environment. Watering The two main things to keep in mind when setting up a watering schedule for your lemon tree are: They very much dislike a drought-and-flood environment. Their watering needs in the summer and in the winter are very different. Citrus tree gardening experts recommend that you thoroughly water your lemon tree in its summer waterings. They suggest removing the…

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Why is my lemon tree not flowering?

Why is my lemon tree not flowering?

If your lemon tree isn’t flowering, then it doesn’t produce lemons. It takes a lot of energy on the tree’s part to produce the flowers. So anything that interferes with the amount of energy that the tree has affects the number of flowers, if any, that it produces. Not enough sunlight / heat The lemon tree needs between four to six hours of sunlight per day to produce its energy. The best light is from off-peak hours – in the…

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