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    I picked 12 lb of my bush how old it is i do not know.
    it was on the plot when i took over about 6 years ago and this is the best crop yet.
    Still more to pick but the bucket was full ....jacob
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    I keep eating mine straight from the bushes so I hope I've left enough to cook with!
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    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

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    I've been doing the same. They have been delicious. Huge and sweet.

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    Very jealous..... lost al;most the entire crop to mildew...... I want to sort them out this autumn.... I'll be moving the bushes but need some advice on pruning like what to take out and what to leave....I reckon I want to keep four bushes (I want the rest of the space for Blackcurrants....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriscross1966 View Post
    Very jealous..... lost al;most the entire crop to mildew...... I want to sort them out this autumn.... I'll be moving the bushes but need some advice on pruning like what to take out and what to leave....I reckon I want to keep four bushes (I want the rest of the space for Blackcurrants....

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    You can do a summer prune now by shortening lateral leaves to about 5 leaves but, assuming these are bushes not cordons, your main prune should be in winter. If birds are a nuisance then leave pruning until the buds start to swell so you can cut back to a healthy bud. Prune spreading or drooping bushes to an inward pointing bud to 'tighten' it. Upright bushes to an outward bud for the opposite reason. Otherwise just prune as currants, which you seem to know about.
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    I have had about 18 kg from 4 bushes so far. I started putting up a fruit cage last year, managed to finish it about 6 or 7 weeks ago. Well worth the effort. I had already lost about half of this year's crop by the time it was finished, so expecting twice as much next year. Gooseberries make excellent wine.

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    Do any of you net your gooseberries? Our lottie neighbours seem to have such terrible trouble with sawfly that its put us off trying gooseberries so far - does netting work?

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