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The Standalone Gooseberry.

It is this time of year that i would normally be jumping up and down with excitement, my welly boots closhing around and a punnet being all ready to be filled with delightful gooseberries.

Earlier in the year I bought a few gooseberry bushes and swiftly planted them in the top end of my allotment. I do like gooseberry crumble, and from what I gather Gooseberry wine is very . . . potent! So when I planted these in I was hoping for a good yield of fruit, enough for a few crumbles and at least enough for a gallon of wine - just to try!

Alas, we had also planted potatoes in the same bed as the gooseberry bushes and had overlooked how tall the spuds can grow, which resulted in the gooseberries not receiving as much sunlight as they needed.

On a single branch that had crawled out from the cover of the potatoes we came across on little gooseberry, but what good is a single solitary gooseberry? It is not enough to stew for a crumble, nor will I get more than a drop of juice from - no where near the gallon that I was after!

Maybe we should pear pair it with the single strawberry that we had grown and make a fruit salad!

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indexer wrote on July 22, 2014, 7:12 AM

Hard lines! It will of absolutely no comfort to you to learn that the gooseberry bush in our garden has been exceptionally productive this year, as has the blackcurrant bush next to it. 2014 looks to be a very good year for soft fruit.

jamarse wrote on July 22, 2014, 7:14 AM

Grrrr . . .Not even a single blackcurrent on our bushes either!

Well, you enjoy your bountiful harvest! ;)

ella-romao wrote on July 22, 2014, 9:10 AM

wow! gooseberry is a kinda new to me, haha well anyways, I just check and see the pic of it in the internet, hoping next seasons, it will yield a bountiful fruits. emoticon :smile:

paigea wrote on July 27, 2014, 9:18 PM

I've only ever had wild gooseberries and they are quite rare. Our Saskatoon berries and chokecherries (wild also) are not having a good year either. :(
I feel your pain. Have a great fruit salad.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 10, 2016, 11:43 AM

Funny. Try try again. I bet you make one mean gooseberry winel emoticon :tongue: