This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Cherry-orchards we generally see planted and grow best where the land is of a deep loamy soil, resting upon what may be termed a good brick earth. In such soils you may see the trees free of canker and gum-bleeding, to which they are very liable, especially where the subsoil does not suit them. Gravelly and sour bottoms do not suit them by any means, and this is the kind of soil in which small fruits will grow well, such as Currants, Gooseberries, and Raspberries; indeed we know some orchards growing on such soils that may be said to grow two crops - one of Cherries overhead, another good one of small fruits, quite as close as where there are no trees overhead. In some of these orchards they grow the Gooseberry as from a cluster of suckers. Some of the practical men may smile at this, but it has its advantages, especially in a commercial point of view. Some of the advantages are these: when confined to one stem, they are liable to be broken while moving the ladders about amongst them when gathering the Cherries, and it takes some years to grow a bush to fill the place of the one so removed; but when they are grown as from a bush of suckers they are not so liable to become broken off, and should a branch become unfruitful it is easily removed, and another is close at hand to replace it.
Some never cut back the young wood of the Gooseberry, only thin them out. We have seen such bushes from 4 to 5 feet high, and very fully loaded with fruit. Gooseberries in Cherry-orchards are generally gathered in a green state, all cleared off before the Cherries are fit to gather. In many places in the south of England this season, both Cherries and Gooseberries have been a very good crop; last year very deficient.