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.
These very fine fruits succeed fairly well near Boston. Mr. Benj. G. Smith grows them very finely. They are more inclined to mildew than the native kinds. It is a pity. Their fine size and delicious flavor are very attractive qualities.
These, which it was proposed to strike wholly from the list of American fruits at the last meeting of the American Pomological Society, and which motion was lost only by a very few votes, seem to be so growing in popularity that the famous firm of Elwanger & Barry are encouraged to make a specialty of one which they call "Industry." The fact is, if the ground be kept cool around the roots by a thick mulch, a pile of stones, or even a lot of old boots and tin cans from the kitchen, the English gooseberry does not mildew, and is a right good fruit to grow.
They are "a right good fruit to grow" under certain conditions you tell us, p. 204. Should you see those grown by Mr. B. G. Smith, the respected treasurer of the American Pomological Society, you might fancy yourself in Lancashire, England,hey are splendid. Some years ago there was considerable talk about "working" the gooseberry on the Missouri currant and thereby gaining immunity from mildew, but alas, it was only talk. We have a lot of gooseberries here worked 3 to 4. ft. high on the Missouri stock, and that have set a nice crop of fruit, but every berry is mildewed. On our low bushes we have also nice heads and plenty berries. They have been grown on the European open-hearted or goblet-form system, and I observe that wherever the berries have been exposed to sunshine they are "scalded," in many cases mildewed, but where well covered by leaves they are as yet (July 1) clean and healthy. The ground is mulched with manure.