My 4-year gooseberry bush has not produced a single fruit. For the last two years, I was very hopeful, because I had lots of blooms and saw insects on them, but nothing developed. This year the fruit behind the very small blooms were starting to develop, and then we had some bad weather (mostly rain and wind) and within a few days, every last one of them had fallen off again. It is a healthy-looking bush. Is something going wrong with the pollination to make them so sensitive, or are they being eaten by birds? I also have currents, strawberries, and raspberries and they do fine.

Your gooseberry bush, along with many other plants, is very sensitive during the pollination process, and heavy rain, strong wind, high temperature, and/or humidity can greatly impede the pollination process. Also, while gooseberries are self-fertile, planting a second variety close by will improve your yield. Birds won’t eat them until they are fully developed, so …