[Fwd: Re: [nafex] what new for the spring?]

Joe and Ellen Hecksel jhecksel at voyager.net
Sat Jan 5 08:00:44 EST 2002

Very nice post!  Thanks for taking the time.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [nafex] what new for the spring?
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 18:53:19 -0500
From: Ginda Fisher <ginda at concentric.net>
Reply-To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
To: nafex at yahoogroups.com

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)

------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor ---------------------~-->
Tiny Wireless Camera under $80!
Order Now! FREE VCR Commander!
Click Here - Only 1 Day Left!

------------------LIST GUIDELINES----------------------

1) Please sign your posting.  Include climate and location information if relevent.
2) Attached files will be stripped from your messages.  Post attachments on the www.YahooGroups.com website.
3) To unsubscribe send a BLANK message to 
        nafex-unsubscribe at yahoogroups.com
4) Include only pertinent comments/questions when replying to a posting and NOT the entire message (especially if the initial posting was large). 

Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/ 

                                                                                                -Joe Hecksel

More information about the nafex mailing list