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Professional nurseryman and fruit expert David Patch has a guilty secret – blackcurrants! This month he explains how to care for this exquisite summer fruit and shares his favourite varieties


Existing shoots will send out side-shoots over the course of the summer, but these would not bear fruit until the following year
Notice the new bright green shoot arising from beneath soil level – these are the shoots that will crop next year

Iabsolutely love blackcurrants. Whisper it quietly, but I think they may be my favourite summer fruit, above even the strawberry, the epitome of the British summer. I’m sure this all began as a child, when the highlight of my week was trying to sneak a bottle of Ribena into the family shopping trolley when my mum wasn’t looking – back in the 1970s it had a lot more sugar in, so was notionally banned in my house.

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