I cut back my red gooseberry bush last year in February cutting some of the middle branches to allow air into the plant. I did not get one gooseberry and wondered if you can tell me what I did wrong. Also, should I prune them this year?

ANSWER: They flower and fruit on the last year’s growth so you possibly cut out that wood by mistake. It is usually slightly lighter in colour than the very old wood. If I were you I would do absolutely nothing to the plant this year and I feel sure that you will get a good crop of gooseberry. Don’t forget to feed it in March though with a good granular fertilizer.