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Gooseberries

Post: #236040 Annpan
Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:48 am

I've never grown them, picked them or eaten them before....

But I have some on a bush that look ready to pick but are a little hard.

I read somewhere, that you should pick them when they change colour :scratch:

So When should I pick them? (I'm picking to freeze, so when I have a cooker I can make them into something)
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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #236045 wulf
Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:04 am

I like to wait until they have a little bit of give when I squeeze them. Some varieties will end up sweeter than others; I don't know what the ones in my garden are but they have turned more yellowish of late and I got a first harvest last week with more to come.

If they start to drop off the bush, split or get subject to animal / bird attacks, then pull them off but otherwise they can probably live on the bush a little longer.

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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #236046 Odsox
Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:09 am

The best way to tell if they are ready is when they just "give" a little when you squeeze them.
However, gooseberries don't have to be ripe if you are going to cook them and especially if you are going to make jam. They just have to be big enough and it doesn't matter if they are rock hard.
I will have to pick mine this weekend although I should have picked them a couple of weeks ago, but life got in the way. Miraculously the birds have left them alone, together with my morello cherries and blackcurrants which also desperately need picking.

Wulf beat me to it. :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #236067 Annpan
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:59 pm

Thanks, it is a new bush so it only has a handful on it anyway .... about enough for a tablespoon of jam :flower:
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Post: #236089 wulf
Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:29 pm

Odsox wrote:Wulf beat me to it. :iconbiggrin:

You've probably got more experience of growing gooseberries than me so it is good to have my theories confirmed.

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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #236153 Millymollymandy
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:22 am

Are they picked all at the same time (or a couple of pickings) like currants? Mine are just rooted (I hope) cuttings at the moment so it will be a while before I get fruit. :iconbiggrin:
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Post: #236172 wulf
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:26 am

I've got too many to pick all at once so several pickings for me.

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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #236322 vancheese
Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:31 am

Annpan wrote:Thanks, it is a new bush so it only has a handful on it anyway .... about enough for a tablespoon of jam :flower:


I'm glad my new gooseberry bush isn't rubbish too as it has about the same amount :)

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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #237012 butternut
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:02 pm

Hi! I have two bushes, don!t know the name, sorry, every year I collect around 14kg from one bush and 8kg from the other. (first one green 2nd one red) we use them mostly for jam. The reason we use them for jam is because I got fed up trying to beat the blackbirds to the ripe ones! Has anyone noticed any difference this year? I had to leave my picking a bit later this year, (both these bushes ripen mid to late june) And! lo and behold, I"ve no competition! The bushes are full of fruit, and, no Blackbirds? I don"t want my blackbirds to disapear, they have reard young in my garden for years, (country) and before anyone says I cleaned the bushes of fruit, I did"nt. Its impossible anyway. My garden is a veg garden with no chemicals allowed. I know its a contrediction wanting my enemy back but If something is harming their enviroment I would like to help reverse it, Should I be worried? :dontknow:

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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #237013 boboff
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:04 pm

Have you had some Worzels move in near by?


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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #237017 butternut
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:21 pm

He! He! okay I"ll stop wondering. :cheers:

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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #237046 Millymollymandy
Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:36 am

eeeeks that a lot of kg, 2 bushes max it is here then, I will try to give away the other cuttings! :shock: :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #237170 Millymollymandy
Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:41 am

Thanks, if they are going to be anything like currants then 2 bushes will be more than enough and I will need another freezer! :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #237386 Peggy Sue
Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:35 pm

I made a bit of an error buying my bushes and got 6---- definitely not all in one picking, can't handle the bloodloss!
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Re: Gooseberries

Post: #238990 garye
Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:06 pm

Rather than start a whole new thread can I pose another question. We bought two bushes earlier in the year (one green one red ) and the green one now looks very, very unhealthy. All the leaves are gone, as is it's fruit. Hope i haven't killed the bloody thing! It's in a fairly big pot and seemed fine for ages. The leaves actually look eaten as opposed to having just fallen off. Is there something tha eats gooseberry leavse?


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