16, the lucky number?

I am really enjoying the work in the fruit cage, Matt our great North American student came and helped me in there between christmas and new year, he started cleaning and pruning the gooseberries, then Tom came with his wife to be and child for the new year, on new years day we went and had a look at the fruit cage, Tom was a great help with what I need to do with the plants, the rule is to have 16 stems at the end of your pruning, four for each of the past four years, mine are not in great shape so I have had to go in a lot harder but I am happy with the result and will build on them over the next few years. They new need compost around them.

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