I 've been thinking though that I'd like to take a cutting and plant it elsewhere, then replace this bush with a newer cultivar that has larger, sweeter fruit. But then I wonder if I just pick half the berries off when it first starts fruiting, if I'd get larger fruit with less effort. Still, it would be nice to have sweeter berries and maybe more edible with less sugar. Does anyone know of good, reliable, hardy gooseberry cultivars?
We're still eating salads from the garden, although the spinach has gone to seed with the stinking hot weather we've had recently. The pumpkins and cucumbers are doing well. The powdery mildew seems to be held at bay with several sprinklings of sulfur and a change in weather. I've been spot watering them directly at the roots every day. They're growing and there are some tiny fruit on one of the pumpkin plants. The cucumber plants are flowering, the zucchini plants are about to flower and the beans plants are huge and this morning, the little buds finally opened. That means beans soon too. If we get some rain here soon, the potatoes will be happy. It rained on Friday, everywhere but here it seems.