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To cultivate Red fruits pets in the garden need to recreate the conditions that their wild relatives find in nature. The secret is this. If you manage to give currants, gooseberries, blackberries and raspberries what they have at the edge of the woods, in the clearings or along the rivers, you can count on an abundant harvest.

Between Red fruits, the currant he is the one who loves the sun most. To have luxuriant currant plants, plant them in sunny places, on warm slopes (therefore preferably in the south) possibly protected by fruit trees. For thegooseberry a little more shade is fine, but don't overdo it. The sun is in fact necessary for grapes to ripen sweeter and tastier fruits.

In general all Red fruits they prefer sunny or slightly shaded locations. The important thing is that they are sheltered from the cold wind, so close to a wall or close to trees and shrubs. Shrubs are excellent companions of the gods Red fruits because at their base the ground is almost always covered by a carpet of leaves and wild herbs able to keep it humid and porous.

As for the soil, currants and gooseberries grow well on clayey soils and better if a little calcareous. The blackberries and i raspberries on the other hand, they love very humus-rich soils similar to woodland soils, therefore slightly acidic. If you plan to dedicate a space in the garden or in the vegetable garden to Red fruits, keep in mind this background difference in the ground.

Then consider the rusticity of the individual fruits. Raspberries are usually a little more delicate and attract many insects (which in itself is not bad). Blackberries, on the other hand, are much more robust and grow even in critical conditions without any particular pretensions. In any case, to have Red fruits healthy and abundant mulching and pruning are important.

In organic gardens, all small fruit shrubs are fed abundant compost and organic fertilizer. However the most important measure to prevent most of the diseases of Red fruits it is a good layer of mulch. This is to keep the soil moist and loose and protects the superficial roots of the shrubs. For mulching currants and gooseberries, straw, cut grass, chopped nettles, foliage and wood or sawdust residues are excellent. For blackberries and raspberries, the foliage, shavings and chopped branches are better.

With regard to pruning, consider that that of currants and gooseberries must be regular because the shrubs must not have too dense branches and the air must circulate between the vegetation to avoid stagnation of humidity. Raspberries must be pruned every year close to the ground, while blackberries must be pruned and thinned out in the branches to avoid the formation of inextricable tangles of thorns.

You may also be interested in our related article onwhite gooseberries

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- black raspberry



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