Almost everybody loves blueberries, if only because they are so easy to pick! There’s no uncomfortable bending or sharp briars; just you and a field full of blueberries! The very best blueberries will appear faded, or even dusty; but don’t worry, they will be absolutely delicious. Blueberries are naturally rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium, which help in lowering blood pressure and preventing heart disease. They are also an ideal fruit to freeze, and make a great snack to preserve for a long winter.
How We Grow Our Blueberries
Blueberries are one of the easiest berries to pick, but one of the trickiest crops to grow. Grown on a bush, blueberries require damp yet well-drained soil with a slightly acidic soil pH. Blueberry bushes are planted in two-foot holes that are dug approximately five feet apart, needing fertilizer applied several weeks after their initial planting. They also require a protective netting to defend against birds and other animals that pilfer the bushes before they’re ready to be picked. As the seasons roll on, blueberry bushes require occasional pruning to encourage the growth of new berries.
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Blueberries are capable of growing in many moderate climates.
Blueberries require approximately one or two inches of water weekly.
Blueberries require approximately six months to grow from time of harvest.
Blueberries require protective netting to guard against foraging animals.