This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
This is quite a desirable and valuable fruit and used for many purposes by the housewife, and a few bushes should be in every well provided home garden. We know some few fruit growers who grow this fruit profitably one year with another and where there is a good market it will be a good fruit to grow with the Currant, as it needs the same general culture and treatment. The writer's experience, however, has not been as satisfactory as he would wish when this fruit has been cultivated for market purposes. Occasionally the market has been favorable for this fruit and we have received eight to ten cents per quart for it right through the season; these are, of course, good paying prices. We have learned from experience, however, that these prices are quite exceptional and would be followed by a year or two or more when the fruit would sell for two and three cents per quart, while we have seen twenty to thirty crates of this fruit with a New York commission house kept for several days and then destroyed, as there was no demand for them. Then the market has been such that our commission men have written us not to ship any of this fruit and it quite often has been left on the bushes unpicked. We advise beginners to plant cautiously of this fruit until they are first sure of their market.
Gooseberries require the same treatment as heretofore recommended for the Currant, in planting, cultivation, pruning and spraying. Plant in good rich soil and give a liberal dressing of manure every season. Like the Currant, they do best in partial shade. It is very beneficial to mulch about the plants, using any handy material you have on hand for this purpose, such as short straw. To prevent mildew, spray bushes soon as leaves appear and during the Summer with potassium sulphide (Liver of Sulphur) one ounce to four gallons of water. The green worm known as the Currant worm also attacks the Gooseberry and should be treated with the Bordeaux Mixture as recommended for the Currant.