Planting Berry Plants
Growing berries in your garden will provide you with the freshest, most nutrient dense fruits possible. Having control over the growing conditions means you can be sure you have the highest quality fruits. Three common choices for the home garden are blackberry plants, blueberry plants and raspberry plants.
Blackberries have a high antioxidant content, and can help protect against cancer. They are good for treating occasional digestive disruptions and intestinal inflammation. Blackberry plants should be chosen from a reputable grower to ensure they do not carry viruses common to the plant and should always be planted a far distance from any wild blackberries. They will grow in a variety of soil types that have been amended with organic fertilizers. Plant one inch deeper than the pot it was purchased in and spread a layer of mulch that is 2-3 inches thick. Keep plants mulched to conserve moisture. Water thoroughly after planting and keep watered with about one inch of water per week.
Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are known to help fight against cancer. They also aid in digestion and are thought to slow down the affects of aging. To grow blueberries, be sure to choose the correct plant for your zone. Choose more than one variety as they do best when they can cross pollinate. Plant blueberries in very acidic soil that is well aerated, and mix in composted leaves or pine needles to add nutrients and acidity. Plant slightly deeper than the pot it was purchased in, and spread a layer of mulch at least three inches thick around the base of the plant. Water thoroughly after planting, and with 1-2 inches of water per week.
Raspberries are good sources of vitamin C and can help strengthen the immune system. They also contain nutrients thought to fight off disease and cancer and compounds that help maintain good vision. Raspberries grow in a variety of areas but need good sun and air circulation, and should not be planted in areas that have grown tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplants or roses before as these can leave diseases that kill raspberry plants. Be sure to buy disease free plants. Plant with roots slightly deeper than the pot it was purchased in. Apply 2-3 inches of mulch around the base of the plant to conserve water and discourage weeds. Keep watered with 1 inch of water per week.
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