If you are having a steady supply of blueberries, it is always a good idea to add a little sweetness to your breakfast or smoothie. But, blueberries are a tasty snack on their own too. Unfortunately, they can be a little expensive – but we always have a way out. If you grow your own blueberries at home, you can skip the inflated prices and enjoy the fresh fruit for your garden.
Follow these tips to do the procedure:
1. Picky, picky, picky
Before doing anything, do some research and make sure you snag a bush that will grow best in your climate. Some berries do better in freezing temperature, and others in humid climates. So, do your research!
2. Consider the soil
The Almanc recommends a soil acidity between 4 and 5. If your soil and weather conditions aren’t very ideal for berry growing, then you can easily plant them in pots.
3. Plant them right
Your berries will need a lot of sunlight and good soil. If you are planting them in the ground, then choose a spot that gets a lot of sunlight. You can leave at least 5-feet between the bushes according to HGTV. And if you are pot-planting, then choose an 18-inch pot. You should give them 1-to-2 inches of water per week.
4. Keep them safe
You should protect them from birds, bugs and other hungry creatures. So, surround your plant with bamboo sticks or cover them with a food-grade.
5. Keep them coming
The blueberry bushes can produce fruit up to 20 years so to ensure longevity, prune your bushes every few years. Pruned bushes won’t produce the year they are pruned, you might want to have more than a bush and alternate pruning seasons.
6. Get the best
If they are planted in the early spring, then you can pick them up by July. After they turn blue, just wait a few days and then ripe berries will fall of the bush into your hands.
Growing your own blueberries is a great way to create your own balcony garden if you live in a small place. If you know friends or family member that would like to have their own supply of berries. share these tips with them. Enjoy!