[NAFEX] Gooseberry info from KY

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Fri Sep 25 11:40:45 EDT 2009

Thanks for the links, Donna.  Very interesting that none of the
recommendations include Glenndale.  
I believe the source of Ribes that you are referring to is Whiteman
Farms (http://www.whitmanfarms.com/).  Lucille Whitman, the owner, sells
very good stock and is a pleasure to do business with.
-- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn. (USDA Zone 4b)
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	When I went looking for anything I could find on the Net about
growing gooseberries in the South, I thought I'd find no more than
comments on Gardenweb or something like that.  I could hardly believe my
eyes when I found these articles from KY universities on currants and
gooseberries.  Quite interesting, informative and inspiring, esp the
second one.  There's another article from Virginia, with lots of info
too.  My husband misses gooseberries, so this crummy plant that I got as
a rooted peice from a local guy managed to at least live, and so I
thought I was growing gooseberries.  The few we've picked were sure not
much to recommend trying any more.  It was sort of like pears here.
When all you have ever encountered is Kieffers or worse, you are not
very inspired to try growing pears.  The thought that there might be
some really good pears that could be grown here really didn't enter my
mind from 1982 till About 1998, when I first encountered a pretty tasty
pear growing in Tennessee.  So now I am actually growing pears, and  I
think my next project will be to grow some disease resistant good
quality gooseberries.  The hard part is finding nursery stock. I found a
place in the PNW that had all kinds, but can't find them again.    Donna


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