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Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to small fruits for backyard production. Why stop there? Gooseberries have a home in many gardens across the Atlantic, but they have yet to burst into popularity here in North America. What’s stopping you from growing these beauties? If it’s because you think all gooseberries are tart, you’re wrong. Sweet varieties, like ‘Black Velvet’ and ‘Hinnomaki Yellow’, are simply delicious picked right off the bush. Ripening in mid to late summer, gooseberries survive best in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 8 and require very little extra care beyond having their “feet” in well-drained soil. Thornless varieties like ‘Pixwell’ make harvesting a snap and produce fruits that make delicious pies and jams. Gooseberries enjoy full to partial sun and bear up to 10 pound of fruit per bush! And as an added bonus, they’re self-fertile, making them excellent choices for even the smallest of backyards.