Thinking of buying a gooseberry plant and also a redcurrant plant, has anybody got any advice on when to plant, what feed , when to harvest the fruit ,information required for next season. Any advice would be greatly appreciated thanks ..
The cheapest way is to buy bare root bushes which become available from Autumn to early Spring and should be planted immediately providing the ground isn't frozen. Get 2 or 3 year old bushes if you can. You can also buy pot-grown bushes and those can be planted at any time. Prepare the ground well by digging-in a lot of well-rotted manure and/or compost now and it will be ready for when you buy and plant them. Each year, mulch the surface of the ground around them with more compost/manure and they will have everything they need although a sprinking of blood, fish and bone in spring will be of benefit. Harvest the fruit when it is ripe (easy to tell as the birds will suddenly become very interested in them!) which will be any time from about mid June to the end of July depending on where you are.