Gooseberry compatibility with currants and other crops in the garden
Gooseberry (lat.Ribes uva-crispa) is not a capricious plant, but in order to increase yields, it is important to choose a suitable environment for it. Experienced gardeners know that closeness with some crops contributes to their correct and healthy development, and the proximity to other plants is oppressive, causes disease and even death. Consider what you can and what you can not plant next to gooseberries.
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The best gooseberry neighbors in the garden
Choosing good neighbors for garden plants is a very demanding task. The correct arrangement of crops on the site will not only significantly facilitate the work of a summer resident, but also increase the yield of the berry, and reduce the risk of diseases and pest damage.
What can you plant next to gooseberries? Plants are considered favorable neighbors that do not compete with it for food, have a different structure of the root system, which allows them to extract moisture from the soil at different depths, do not shade each other and are not affected by the same infections.
Among horticultural crops, the most suitable companions for gooseberries are its other varieties: with mutual cross-pollination, more ovaries are formed... This will have a positive effect on the future harvest: there will be more berries, they will become larger and tastier.
Gooseberries and red currants have compatibility. Although shrubs are attacked by the same pests, currants do not "eat" their neighbors, leaving enough nutrients in the soil. She prefers slightly dry soil and well-lit terrain and requires similar maintenance.
Reference.Honeysuckle roots release biologically active components into the soil that are beneficial for gooseberries.
Blackberries are not the most popular berry in summer cottages. Its compatibility with other plants is poorly understood. According to some experimental gardeners, gooseberries and blackberries can coexist quite successfully on the same territory.
Sage, lemon balm, basil and mint are planted from spicy herbs next to gooseberries, but hyssop and fennel will inhibit the development of the shrub.
Each plant releases substances that inhibit some species, have a positive effect on others and do not have any effect on others.
Neighborhood with an apple tree, cherry, the plum is indifferent to the gooseberry. The roots of these fruit crops are much deeper, so they will not extract all the moisture from under the gooseberry. By choosing such a neighborhood, you cannot save space.
It is recommended to place plants at a distance of at least 2-3 m from each other so that the wide crowns of fruit trees do not shade small berry trees. Lack of light leads to a decrease in their yield.
Fruit trees and berry bush get along well as long as they are all young. Mature trees crowd out gooseberries.
Gooseberries have few enemies among the plants, but not every fruit-bearing bush will be an excellent neighbor for it.
- Raspberry photophilous and aggressive. Reclaiming a place in the sun, it grows between the branches of other plants, taking away nutrients, moisture and gradually displacing neighbors. Therefore, gooseberries and raspberries are incompatible.
- Gooseberry and black currant also undesirable due to similar infectious diseases and a common pest - moth... This variety of currants loves moist areas, but without stagnant water, while gooseberries suffer from strong soil moisture. For healthy longevity, it is better to plant shrubs away from each other.
- Cherrycapable of filling the entire site in a short time. Therefore, it is recommended to grow it in the far corner of the garden, away from other crops.
- Crohn's adult apricot spreading, reaches 3.5 m, and the roots grow up to 5-7 m in diameter. At this distance, it is better to plant small shrubs so that the adult tree does not oppress the neighbors.
When plants interact, the effect is always noticeable. If the combination is unsuccessful (for example, gooseberries and cherries, black currants or raspberries), one of the crops will replace the other. However, it happens that with abundant fertilization, trees and shrubs grow so well that the suppression effect is temporarily smoothed out.