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February 16, 2012 - GrowOrganic
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Add currant bushes to your garden for an easy, deer-resistant edible that also grows in part-shade. If you live in USDA zones 3-8 currants are a must for your garden. In our new video, Tricia plants currants and gives tips on getting the best harvests. CURRANTS BRING NEW FLAVORS FROM YOUR GARDEN TO YOUR TABLE These attractive 3’-‘5’ bushes will be covered in summer with glistening red berries, heralded for their simultaneously sweet and tart flavors. Enjoy them fresh or preserve…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener. Currants are one of the few edibles that actually do well in part shade they also thrive in containers and can handle just about any type of soil conditions. Currants prefer moist but not soggy soil and they tolerate sandy and clay soil. If you live in a hot arid climate make sure that you give the currants some afternoon shade or you can plant them where there's filtered shade. Currants come in white red black and pink today I'm going to plant two red currants. Did you know that there was actually a federal ban on planting currants for about sixty years. Currants and gooseberries are part of the Ribes genius white pine blister rust which is often fatal to white pines needs Ribes plants to complete its life cycle if you have white pines in your area which are pines with five needles per bunch plant red currents or gooseberries which are resistant to white pine blister rust Peaceful Valley carries only resistant varieties. I've been soaking the roots of my currants for about three hours before planting. Boy! the roots of this current look really awesome however if you have any damage to roots this is when you would cut them off. The planting hole needs to be a little bit wider and a little bit deeper then the root system this favors the root system and renewal buds. Currants don't need irrigation in places that have summer rain they only need moderate water in dry climates they don't need any fertilizer in spring but they will need a little bit of annual pruning mostly thinning out the old canes. After planting your current if it's taller than eight to ten inches prune it down a little bit. Now just mulch heavily with a good organic compost around your plant being careful not to touch the stem of the plant because they like a lot of organic matter. Currants are so current and they make beautiful landscape plants and those little red berries look so good in your sparkling beverages. So plant a currant and grow organic for life

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