Gooseberries on the Way

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I planted this gooseberry bush in my community garden plot last fall. The bush was an impulse purchase, on sale at a local garden store at a price I couldn’t ignore. I hemmed and hawed at the store, uncertain about whether I wanted to commit permanent space to a small bush. And now that it is starting to produce tiny fruit I think that question is answered by my excitement in imagining future jars of jam. Now if we could just find the space for a black currant bush I’d be in jam heaven.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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7 thoughts on “Gooseberries on the Way

  1. I love gooseberries! Did you know you can also buy the jam at Ikea ?? :) I have a feeling I’d eat all the berries raw before making jam!

  2. Proof that sometimes we should just follow our impulses…especially if it doesn’t cost too much to do so.

    I love the green colour of gooseberries and the jelly made from them.

  3. I remember gooseberries from my great-grandmother’s garden. She didn’t make jam, but her gooseberry pie was absolutely the finest (she also owned a ran and bakery)! Not sure I can grow them here in Hawaii, even at a cooler 2300 feet.

  4. like you, i found a gooseberry cutting at a price that i couldn’t walk away from. i’ve just planted it in a spot in the garden and i’m looking forward to some fruit. can’t wait!

  5. Just bought a “gooseberry” bush (again, excellent price). No directions on planting though. We have small narrow backyard with sun & shade. Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks,

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