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.
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.
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.
I like to mulch with some used coffee grounds (or kaffegrums, as the Danish call them).
Now to water, preferably in sight of two ornamental ducks.
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.
What’s that? Aldi is in fact German, not Scandinavian? Oh.