Mulch keeps the soil cool in the summer, retains moisture, and controls weeds. Spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch around plants and replenish it yearly. Suitable mulches include straw, lawn rakings, composted manure, compost, wood chips, or similar materials. Grass clippings make excellent mulch. If you use fresh straw or sawdust, you may need to apply nitrogen fertilizer because these high-carbon mulches tie up nitrogen while they decompose.

Ribes tolerate partial shade and prefer cool, moist conditions.

Figure 25. Trellising gooseberries increases air circulation (decreasing disease -problems), makes fruit easier to harvest, and allows you to grow more plants in less space.

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