All of a sudden I noticed that my goumis (an Eleagnus), red currants, gooseberries and black currants are ready to pick. I picked all the goumis last night-I had already had to net them against birds and made them into juice.. I cooked and mashed them and put them in jelly bags overnight--I just barely covered the fruit with water first, before cooking that is. Now the juice is waitin for me to add sugar and can.
This morning I madly picked red currants before getting in to work late and I have to go back to pick more tonight.. The ripe black currants are almost falling off the bushes but the majority aren't ripe yet. Usually I wait till more are ripe but I don't like the premature dropping. I don't think daily, heavy downpours help. I hope I can wait to harvest gooseberries. I already netted all these fruits and by the way white currants aren't nearly as attractive to birds as red ones.