How To Grow Your Own Blueberries
Blueberries provide a wide range of health benefits, including a strong protection against memory loss.
According to a 2012 study, a serving of blueberries per week can slow the cognitive decline. A 2013 study conducted on lab mice showed that berries clear toxic proteins that tend to accumulate in the brain, and thus protect it.
Here is some more news coming this way. You can grow your own blueberries!
All you have to do is follow our easy instructions, and enjoy munching on your organic blueberries.
6 Steps to grow blueberries
- Pick proper planting place and get your soil ready.
Blueberries like sunny spots with excellent drainage. This plant also prefers well worked and wed-free soil. Blueberry bushes also need enough water, as they grow better when provided with constant moisture. This means that you have to water the bushes regularly.
Make raised beds if your soil is not well drained or if it is partially drained. Those who do not have garden, and live in an apartment, choosing a nice patio container is one of the best solutions.
Provide a space of two and a half feet in diabetes. What deepness does blueberry bushes require? About a foot. Dig a nice hole, and take out a third of the soil. Apply an equal amount of pre-moistened peat moss. Work it good.
If you decide to go for raised beds, use a composite of equal amounts of peat moss and rind, tripe or planting mix. Never use cedar or redwood. Go to your local garden center for more information.
- Give your bushes enough space
Your blueberry bushes should be 2-2.5 feet, or 6 feed for a single blueberry bush. If you go for rows, space them by 8-10 feet.
Plant your blueberry bush in spring or fall. Of course, in some parts of the world blueberries the planting process does not require a specific season.
If you use containerized plants, carefully pull out the bush, and gently rough up the cortical layer of the root.
Add more soil, about half an inch above the top topsoil. Pat hard the soil around the root ball, and add soil around the root. Water your blueberry plant nicely.
Use sawdust, rind mulch, grass clippings and acid tripe. The plant has shallow roots, and wreathes can really benefit it.
Add about 2-4 inches of wreathe. This will seal in the moisture, your plant will be safe from weeds, and you get organic matter. Do this every year, and keep in mind that sawdust from cedar and redwood tree do not work well for blueberries.
This step is important for blueberry bushed, because it prevents over-fruiting which results in tiny fruits. Once your bush grows well, make sure it gets strong enough before it gives you fruits.
Clip off the flower blooms once they appear. Prune your bushes regularly, and your plant will be super strong and healthy.
How to prune properly?
- Clip off the low growths at the bottom of your blueberry bush
- Get rid of dead wood
- Cut off any short and discolored branches
- Clear about a third or a half of the wood
Go for blood meal and cottonseed when it comes to organic fertilizers. Manures can harm your blueberry bush, so you may want to avoid these.
Source: Healthy Food House