Garden Fresh Blueberries


Fresh from your garden!

Growing blueberries is a fairly easy garden chore. The bushes are attractive and an asset to the home landscape. You can use them in groupings with other small shrubs. Overall, these shrubs are pest free and need little more than sunlight and regular water to produce a good crop. That is, if they’re planted in the right kind of soil.

Blueberries need acidic soil to bear abundant fruit, (pH 4.5 - 5.5). If you’re thinking of adding a few bushes to your landscape, start off with a soil test and get the soil right before you plant. Learn more about the proper soil for growing this delicious fruit here.

Loaded with healthful antioxidants, blueberries are a great means of eating healthy. Fresh or frozen, the berries are a source of anthocyanidins that protect certain cells within the body. Articles in Natural News gives a more in-depth explanation of anti-toxin extracts as well as healthful benefits of freezing blueberries. Find NaturalNews purity-tested products here.

Choosing Healthy Bushes

When choosing blueberry bushes for later winter or early spring planting, try to buy them locally at a nursery or garden center with knowledgeable employees. Your choices may include southern highbush, lowbush, and rabbiteye varieties. Hybrids are available for warmer areas above Zone 7. 

For a better and extended harvest, plant more than one variety. Also, hard as it may be to do, remove all buds the first year. This helps resolve the issue of yielding small berries. Plan for a limited harvest the second year, and when the bushes are matured  you’ll begin getting a good amount of large berries.

Depending on the age of bushes when they’re planted, a full yield comes in the fifth or sixth year. Patience is the key.

When you’re designating an area  for the bushes, include fruit trees of your choosing, if you have the space. You can have a beautiful landscape that saves money and feeds your family.

Editor's note to the cook:

Store blueberries in the freezer, and when baking with them, add frozen to the batter, at the last minute before baking.  To prevent a purple explosion that may look black when baked, swirl slightly to mix (as shown below).

Also see: 

Growing Fruit Trees

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