[nafex] what new for the spring?

Tom Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Fri Jan 4 21:05:58 EST 2002


Hi,

I have used Crandall for juice, jam and jelly with great
success.

Later,
Tom

Ginda Fisher wrote:

>  I don't have any experience with gooseberries, but I've
> grown Crandall
> currants, true black currants, and red currants.  I've had
> good luck
> with Crandalls - very easy, very productive, and I like
> the flavor.  The
> plants get a bit sloppy (better when staked) but are
> pretty and smell
> pleasant in the spring.
>
> The true black currant I grew (Consort) was so vigorous it
> threatened to
> take.  Maybe it was just too big for the spot.  I have
> mistreated it
> horribly and it still gave me a little fruit this year.
> (I dug it up
> last year, leaving behind a lot of root, and moved it into
> the shade,
> with only shallow soil over rock.)  The fruit is nearly
> inedible raw,
> but is very rich and tasty when cooked up with some sugar.
>
> I've grown a few red currants  (Red lake, Red Start, and
> several feral
> plants).  My tastes run towards the sour ones.  Some are
> susceptible to
> aphids, but other than making them look ugly, the bugs
> don't seem to do
> much damage.   Other than that, I've found them trouble
> free.  The most
> serious pest has been chipmunks, who ate all the unripe
> berries one
> year.  (On all three types of currant.)
>
> Red and black currants do not have ornamental flowers, but
> the plants
> themselves look very attractive from early spring to late
> summer.  They
> get "ratty looking" well before they really go dormant,
> but I forgive
> them this flaw as they are such easy, well behaved plants,
> and I enjoy
> the fruit.
>
> Red and black currants are both high in pectin and easy to
> turn into
> jelly.  I don't think I've tried with Crandall, but
> somehow I don't
> think it would work as well.  The half Crandall, half
> apple pie was a
> big hit, though.
>
>
> On Thursday, January 3, 2002, at 10:37 PM, lostman_amiga
> wrote:
>
> > Now that the new plant catlogs are starting to show up
> at my
> > door, I am starting to plant for spring.
> >
> > . . .
> > Lasty, I want to get a few Currents or Goosberries or
> both.
> > (I was told Crandells are a good bet)
> >
>
>
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Thomas Olenio
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Hardiness Zone 6a



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