Pruning the currant bushes

Our currant bushes gave their first proper crop last season. They bore very well indeed, and the fruit quality was excellent, especially the red currants, which were large and sweet, and held on nice long strigs. The buds will soon break, so it was the last opportunity to look at pruning them a little before… Continue reading Pruning the currant bushes

Jostaberry attacked by sawfly

There are several crosses between gooseberries and blackcurrants, one of which is the Jostaberry. We had a great specimen, planted winter before last and due to bear its first modest crop this year. However, it has been badly damaged by the most problematic pest of gooseberries, the larvae of the gooseberry sawfly. Their favoured feed… Continue reading Jostaberry attacked by sawfly