Having tidied up our front garden we decided that we wanted to join the Grow Your Own craze and grow some fruit and veg as well as “normal” plants. We did a bit of research and found out, that black currants are an easy fruit to grow and tolerant of heavy soils like ours. As we have no previous gardening experience, we thought that this would be a good plant to try. But the main reason is that we both like black currants! We started to prepare the area by removing all the old bushes and weeds. Then we spaced out our two black currant bushes as well as one blackberry bush. We were almost finished when it started raining so
I made Jan offered to finish off the planting on his own and I documented all of the action from the bedroom window.
When the plants were in, we cut them back to ground level in order to encourage new growth. This is what they looked like a few months later:
We had about 5 whole black currants in the first year, but this is what the plant looks like now. It’s easily 5-6 times the size it was in the first year, and has masses of fruit.
It looks like there are thousands of them! But…
…the other bush that we planted next to it, at exactly the same time, in exactly the same way, looks like this.
It’s quite sad really, especially since you can see them both next to each other and the other one is so big and healthy. We have no idea what went wrong. The few berries that are on this bush are also a lot smaller and still all completely green. Most of the fruit isn’t quite ripe yet, so we will give you an update when we have actually tried some of the black currants. If you have any tips on growing black currants or what to do with our “unhappy” bush, let us know!