[NAFEX] Gooseberries for TN?
dwoodard at becon.org
Mon Oct 5 14:52:26 EDT 2009
Donna, I would be a little cautious about too much shade for *all* your
gooseberries even in Tennessee. I think a northern to eastern edge might
suit, if possible with mulch over the roots. I do believe in sun for fruit.
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Kieran &/or Donna wrote:
> I don't have to go out and plant sweet cherries to keep the birds away
> from gooseberries, they are already there. In fact, I was planning on
> planting the gooseberries under them. Sounds like the only problem will be
> the bird poop on the gooseberries. I'd wanted for years to plant the little
> soft squishy Russian style mulberries near the cherries to protect them from
> birds, but the cherry trees are about too big to reach anymore, and the NW
> slope they are on seems to ensure they freeze out most springs. So looks
> like I'm doing it at all wrong, but at least they should enable me to grow
> gooseberries without too much bird predation. Jap beetles are too busy out
> in the sunshine on the roses and smartweed to go looking for gooseberries in
> the shade.
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