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Way back in the fall I ordered a bunch of plants from Raintree Nursery. I got about half of them put in the ground before winter set in and the ground froze solid. The rest lived on my covered front porch pretty much entirely neglected until today. Today my two currants and one gooseberry found their permanent homes.

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The single gooseberry, closest in the photo, is a variety named Red George. It’s cold hardy, self-fertile, compact at only 2′-3′ at maturity and will yield 4 to 5 lbs of fruit each season. The two currants are both black varieties, which require cross pollination. The first is Minaj Smyriou, another compact and hardy plant. The second currant is a variety named Titania and it can get quite large, over 6 feet!. I located it on the corner of my planting bed in case I need to support it using a tie on the porch column.

 

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A snack full of sunshine

Last month we ordered a case of fruit from North Hills Community Outreach through our church, Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills. We have stretched out these sunshine filled fruits as long as possible.. but the box is nearly empty.

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