Grow Your Own Blueberries

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We all know how healthy blueberries are for us.  Blueberries are relatively easy to grow.  They can even be grown in containers for those who are short on garden space.

The Mayo Clinic says that “Blueberries are a rich source of plant compounds (phytonutrients). As with cranberries, phytonutrients in blueberries may help prevent urinary tract infections. Blueberries may also improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging. Blueberries are also a low-calorie source of fiber and vitamin C — 1 cup of fresh blueberries has 84 calories, 3.6 grams of fiber and 14 mg of vitamin C.” Blueberries have cognitive-boosting effects.  Blueberries are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in polyphenols (antioxidants).

Here are a few tips for growing your own:

  • Find a container that is wide across and at least 24 inches deep.
  • Place the container where it can get at least 5-6 hours of daily sun.
  • Check with your local nursery for the best potting soil (mixture of peat moss and compost) and fertilizer.  Blueberries love acidic soil.
  • Purchase the best variety of blueberries for your zone, preferably a 2-3 years old shrub.
  • Your plant needs 1-2 inches of water per week.

With a little care you will have berries in approximately 5 months.

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