7 REASONS TO BECOME FRIENDS WITH YOSHTA
There are letters, after reading which, you feel anxiety for the author - how does he do it? But there is no doubt about the author of this story: as long as a person retains a craving for experiments, for innovations, for creativity, he will always receive only excellent results.
No wonder people say: live a century - learn a century. I also like to experiment in the garden, and maybe some of my observations and conclusions will help someone.
Today I want to start with blackcurrant, an excellent natural source of vitamins, especially C, phytoncides, magnesium, manganese, silver, copper, lead, sulfur, essential oils. Only 20 berries can provide the body's daily need for ascorbic acid! And the most interesting thing is that currants can prevent the weakening of intellectual abilities in the elderly. I read about this in the unique reference book Herbalist: Golden Recipes of Traditional Medicine.
I really like the smell and taste of blackcurrant: these are memories of my childhood. I remember my mother said that raspberries, strawberries and currants should always grow in the garden. She brewed tea from dried leaves and gave us water for colds. She always twisted the berries with sugar, poured them into jars, covered them with sugar on top, covered them with paper in several layers and tied them with a thin rope. Then I put the jars in the cellar, and no mold was ever observed, and we were with vitamins all winter.
Now I live in a private house, I have a little more land than in summer cottages, so there is an opportunity to plant more different varieties. I'm always on the lookout, I want to pick up a variety that I like.
So, having tried 8 varieties of currants, I settled on three, already confused in the names. I brought one cutting in 2005 from Ukraine. I propagate by cuttings. I remove old bushes, and young ones grow nearby.
Now I have five large bushes and many young ones.
I do not use store-bought fertilizers - only folk remedies, considering them useful and harmless.
I prepare herbal infusions from nettle, couch grass, rabbit droppings, sometimes I add chicken droppings. Why sometimes? Because I can not correctly determine the norm and once burned the roots of raspberries. Many cannot get rid of dandelions in the country, but I add them to the infusion. It will stand for a week, then I dilute it with water 1:10 and water it.
FEEDING THE CURRANT WITH YOUR HANDS - PEELING FROM POTATOES
And last year I decided to use my mother's way of feeding. I remember how, as a child, she used water after boiling potatoes, pasta, rice, washing meat and fish to water currants. In winter, peelings of potatoes, onions, beets, carrots were dried on a Russian stove and put into a bag. In the spring, 1/5 of this mixture was poured into a jar, poured with boiling water, insisted, and the next day the bushes were watered with this water, and the cleanings themselves were put in a pit. The currant was large. I thought it was such a variety, and only now I realized that the reason is top dressing.
In winter 2019, I started drying potato peels. This is not difficult. In the spring, she prepared a decoction, watering the bushes in turn. Breaking off the stepsons of tomatoes in the greenhouse, I also insisted on them and watered them with this infusion. In the spring, she sowed mustard in the aisle in strawberries and threw a pinch under the currant bushes, and, of course, ash. And in 2021, she received an unusually rich currant crop, for the first time in many years. Everyone had enough: both family and friends, and even sold part of it! Currant twisted, adding a little sugar (I like sour), and placed in the freezer. I do this with strawberries and raspberries too. I have five grandchildren, I try to get vitamins.
In the summer I dry the leaves of black currant, raspberry, strawberry, mint, oregano, lemon balm, chamomile, and in winter I use them for their intended purpose. Now I also dry peeling potatoes, beets, onions for top dressing. I think they'll come in handy.
Reference by topic: Potato peelings for currants: truth or myth?
GROWING YOSHTA IN THE BELGOROD REGION
I want to tell you about one more berry. Once my colleague boasted that she had purchased a yoshta bush and offered me a small cutting. It was about six years ago. I took it, but without much enthusiasm, because I didn’t really know what it was and why I needed it if I had a good blackcurrant (although it wasn’t too happy with the harvest then). So, not really hoping for a good result, I planted this cutting in a corner so that it would not interfere, observing the gooseberry planting technology, since the leaves looked like gooseberry leaves.
Well, she planted and planted, didn’t pay much attention to him - she was completely absorbed in caring for strawberries, raspberries, currants. I water them - and I will water the stalk, I fertilize them - and I will feed it. And he grows and grows. In the third year, yellow flowers appeared, and in the fall I tried sweet dark purple berries with a pleasant taste. I liked it, moreover, special care was not required.
And then I realized why my colleague was eager to get this plant! It is completely unpretentious and never gets sick with anything. It is very convenient for summer residents who are not on the site every day.
I rummaged through the entire Internet and found out the information I was interested in about this plant.
- First, why is it called that and why I don't know it. It turns out that yoshta is a hybrid of currant and gooseberry, bred in 1959 by a German professor! Bauer. It received the title from the merger of the first syllables of the words "currant" - "yo" (Johannisbeere) and "gooseberry" - "sta" (Stachelbeere).
- Secondly, this plant was brought to Russia in 1980, it has been cultivated since 1987, so it was not there in my childhood.
- Thirdly, yoshta is more resistant to most diseases and pests than currants and gooseberries.
- Fourthly, it is unpretentious in leaving and is very hardy.
- Fifth, it grows up to 2 m in height, and no thorns!
- Sixth, the life span of yoshta is up to 20-30 years.
- Seventh, in terms of the amount of vitamin C, it is not inferior to black currant, and also normalizes the activity of the gastrointestinal tract, strengthens blood vessels, veins, etc.
Having learned all this, I changed my attitude towards this plant. Now Yoshta is a full-fledged resident of my garden and receives his nutritional ration in full. Therefore, the harvest last year gave excellent!
I wish everyone the joy of communicating with nature and inexhaustible optimism! Do not be afraid to experiment, especially since the new is, most often, the well-forgotten old.
GROWING YOSHTA - VIDEO
© Author: Natalia SHEVTSOVA p. Chernikovo, Belgorod region
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