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If you’re looking for a new fruiting plant to grow this year, consider planting a gooseberry bush or two! If you’ve never had them, these berries are great for pies and cobblers and taste much like rhubarb. Use our guides below to choose the right cultivar(s) for your location, learn how to plant and care for your bushes, find propagation advice, and get tips on pest and disease management.

How to Grow and Care for Gooseberry Bushes

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Looking for a versatile fruit that isn’t demanding? Want something that can also add a decorative element to your garden? Look no further than the gooseberry. This underappreciated plant, popular in the UK, is slowly regaining popularity in the US. Find out what you need to know to grow gooseberries in your garden.

How and When to Harvest Gooseberries

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Want to know when the right time is to pluck those piquant fruits from your gooseberry bushes? What’s the best way to get the fruit from those spiky plants and into your mouth, anyway? This article will give you all the details you need to enjoy your harvest, plus recipes for using up all those tasty fruits.

How to Identify and Control Currant Fruit Flies

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Currant fruit flies can ruin a gooseberry or currant harvest in a hurry. That’s why it’s essential to know how to identify and get rid of these devastating maggots. Each larva can eat through an entire berry and each fly can lay hundreds of eggs. This guide has all you need to know to keep them under control.