Gooseberry, fool!

We visited my friend Louisa’s allotment a few weeks back. In it she has a huge and very delicious (but prickly!) gooseberry bush. I love gooseberries but Miss E had never eaten one. She was overwhelmed by their deliciousness, which of course is the only acceptable response. Gooseberries rule.

Ever since, I have been on the lookout for a cheap plant, and yesterday I found one, in the doorway of our local Scandinavian supermarket. After popping in to buy some meatballs and a copy of Abba’s greatest hits on CD, I decided to buy two, since they were only little.

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I was glad I could a-fjord them! And thankfully they were not flat-packed and in need of construction. They were, however, in need of a very good soak and re-potting. I put both plants in one big pot.

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I used John Innes No 3 soil, just because it’s all I have at the minute. Should be fine, I also mixed in lots of perlite.

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I like to mulch with some used coffee grounds (or kaffegrums, as the Danish call them).

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Now to water, preferably in sight of two ornamental ducks.

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Hey presto! This should grow as reliably as a Volvo runs. Very likely too late for this year but we should be eating fools a-plenty this time next year.

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What’s that? Aldi is in fact German, not Scandinavian? Oh.

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