This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
As the English gooseberry is again receiving some notice, I will state that I have had five sorts of them in cultivation for the past twenty-five years - have always had a crop and never a mildewed berry. They receive the same treatment as I give to all small fruits - currants, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, viz.: a good coat of old manure on top of the ground and a mulch of salt hay on top of that. The Downing and Houghton we think hardly worth the trouble of gathering.
Rahway, N. J.
[With this note came a basket of excellent berries, testifying all that is said of them. We are not quite prepared to endorse the last sentence. There is a peculiarity of flavor about the American which the European never has, and which is grateful to many palates. The case is much like the native and the foreign grape. The last is very good when it is good, and so is the native. - Ed. G. M].