Green’s my favourite colour so I’m quite taken with my new gooseberry header. Not least because the gooseberry bush is a new addition to my plot this year thanks to dear old Henley. Now that Henley can’t manage his plot Dave has taken it over, but not before he was instructed to ‘make sure that nice young girl down the end gets my wheelbarrow’. I was grinning from ear to ear as I wheeled it and it’s bushy passenger to their new home on my patch and continued to smile as I pondered where but on an allotment site a 35 year old would be considered to be so youthful! I also wonder how I ever managed without a wheelbarrow all these years.
I hadn’t expected my knee-high gooseberry bush to fruit this year but it’s thriving in it’s new spot. I put this down to Dave’s sage advice to soak the ground hole first, water in the bush and never let it get too dry while it recovers from the shock of being moved. I let the birds have the handful of ripe ruby red goosegogs this year. I won’t be so generous next year when I hope to have enough to try these mouthwatering recipes for jam, cake and ice-cream – strawberry and gooseberry jam, gooseberry and almond streudel squares, gooseberry and elderflower ice cream, mackerel with gooseberry and thyme.
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