GOOSEBERRIES have a long cropping season, from Whitsun when the first green fruits are picked for cooking to the time, many weeks later, when the last of the dessert varieties which grow almost as large as plums are ready for picking.
Gooseberries will grow on almost any type ofthat is well drained. If the soil is sandy and gravelly, fork in one barrow-load of fine to 8 sq. yds. A few weeks before planting. Where the soil is heavy, fork it shallowly, plant the gooseberries and then put a mulch of fine or peat over the ground.
After planting give a dressing of 1/2 lb. wood ash (or if not available l oz. Sulphate of potash)
As mildew disease is easier to control if the gooseberry branches are borne well above the soil, buy two-year-old bushes with stems or legs about 1 ft. high, or four-year-old miniature standard bushes on 3-ft. Stems. Buy three-year-old bushes for growing as cordons against walls or fences.