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How to Grow & When to Plant Gooseberries in Your Backyard Garden

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Gooseberries 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 gooseberries 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.

Gooseberries 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. Gooseberries 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!

         Good Bad
Beans (Bush & Pole) Mint Potatoes
Chamomile Nasturtiums  
Chives Oregano  
Kiwi Peas  
Marigolds Tarragon  
Marjoram Tomatoes (Bush & Vine)  

 
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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 gooseberries:

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Harvesting:

Gooseberries will begin to produce fruit within 2-3 years after transplanting. It’s best to wear gloves while you harvest to protect yourself from the thorns. Harvest gooseberries in early summer around June to July. You can simply pull the berries off stems or shake branches to dislodge the ripe berries from the stems to the ground.

Cooking & Eating!

Gooseberries are terrific eaten immediately after picking! They can also be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week or canned or frozen for later use. Gooseberries are great for jam and pies!

 

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5 thoughts on “How to Grow & When to Plant Gooseberries in Your Backyard Garden

  1. Like the currants, these only became available here recently. Prior to that, we would have mail ordered them. They are so much better than the natives that make almost no berries.

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