Originally Posted by overthehillmedi
Gooseberry bushes do make good hedgerow plants for keeping people off your property.
When I was a kid (1940's), my father - in the summers - was the director of "Blister Rust Control" Camps in Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks where college kids and others would spend the summer finding and eradicating the gooseberry plant, which was the "Host" plant for "Blister Rust" which killed white pine trees. Without the gooseberry plant, no trees died because the blister rust had to return to the host plant or something like that. (I don't understand it, either
). In any event, they scoured the forest, cliffs, ledges and otherwise for the plant and dug it up to die. It made a great summer for a kid and his siblings, living in tent houses, our small trailer and mouse strewn houses, fishing, exploring the forest, sometimes near a recreation camp with a swimming pool.
Last edited by DnvrFox; 12-24-12 at 10:10 PM.