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How to Grow & When to Plant Currants in Your Backyard Garden!

Currants blog post
Currants are small, extremely healthy berries that grow on a bush. They are extremely beautiful and sometimes grown simply as an ornamental because they are so pretty and simple to grow!

How to Grow:

It is best to plant currant bushes after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Currant bushes are planted a few inches deeper than the pot they are transplanted from. It is not common to plant these within a square foot garden, but if it is kept trimmed, you can plant it with at least 2 square feet. Currant bushes will need a trellis that is in the full sun to part shade to thrive. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water regularly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for currants:

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Harvesting:

Currant bushes will begin to produce fruit within 2-3 years after transplanting. Currants will ripen around June. You will know they are ready by them turning to their mature color and they will be mostly firm to slightly soft. Harvesting simply by cutting off whole bunches or twigs will be the easiest way to pull them off.

Cooking & Eating!

Currants are typically used in the kitchen in recipes for jams and jellies, but there are some types of currants that are sweet enough to eat straight from the bush! Currants can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple weeks or frozen for long term preservation.

 

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One thought on “How to Grow & When to Plant Currants in Your Backyard Garden!

  1. I probably already mentioned this. Our currants are rather new. They became available here only a few years ago. The natives are neither very productive nor very good. So far, the garden varieties are doing surprisingly well for our mild winters.

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