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.
We have already said that, for small gardens, Gooseberries, Currants, Raspberries, and Strawberries are more valuable than such fruits as Apples. We are not sure but, as time rolls on, and competition with the foreigner becomes closer, that they will also be found to pay better even in the case of growers for market. The leopard will have to change his spots and the Ethiopian his skin, before fresh Strawberries can be brought from America; and as for Gooseberries, America cannot produce them well. Currants, indeed, are brought in quantities from the Continent, but we think that the time cannot be far distant when these fruits shall be produced so abundantly at home that Continental growers will be unable to compete. Our small fruits, even in country districts, are extravagantly dear, considering that there is so much land fit for their cultivation, for which nominal rents cannot be obtained. Every cottager may increase his income, and benefit the community, by producing quantities of these small fruits; for almost all the work necessary may be done by members of his family - instead of, as now, lamenting that machinery has monopolised the work that used to be done by female and juvenile hands.
There is plenty of work, if men would only recognise the altered circumstances and adapt themselves accordingly.
This much by the way, however, and we. only hope that these remarks may fall into the hands of those for whom they are intended. In the meantime our duty is to teach, as far as in us lies, how to grow these fruits to the greatest perfection and in the greatest abundance.