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vjwukvjwuk East SussexPosts: 30

Hi, we have our gooseberries at our allotment, about 5 years old good doers but we need to be able to raise the soil level. Since they were planted we have put a raised bed edge around all the beds. 

I need to loose the branches nearest to the ground and get the central stem clear by about 6 inches so we can carry on adding manure. compost etc. Can I cut the really low branches close to the stem and then in a year or so cut a few more off while making a new crown/bowl.  The lowest branches are touching the ground now.

I did wonder if it would be easier to lift the plants and raise the soil that way?? Sorry I'd be better doing a drawing :'(

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164
    edited July 2018
    It might be less painful to trim the lowest branches.
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