Blueberries belong to the group of superfoods. They are sweet, nutritious, low in calories and wildly popular. Many people consider them to be their favorite fruit. A cup of blueberries provides 36% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, 24% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 3.6 grams of fiber,
They can be consumed raw or just added to the pies, smoothies or homemade juices.
Blueberries offer a wide range of health benefits, and here are some with the greatest powers:
– Thanks to their antioxidants, protect the brain, and prevent memory issues,
– Prevent cholesterol issues
– They are low in calories and high in nutrients;
– Lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular issues;
– Antioxidants prevent DNA damage, premature aging, and cancer;
According to many people who have already experienced, you can successfully grow blueberries in your backyard.
Here are some useful instructions:
- Find a nice spot
The requirements for growing blueberries are to have some good-quality soil and plenty of sunlight. The light is needed to carry its photosynthesis and grow.
The best solution is to make raised beds if you have a large garden, but if not, you can use patio containers.
Every blueberry shrub needs 6 feet of free space. When you grow several shrubs together, then they should be at least 3 feet apart.
- Planting time!
The best time for planting it is in fall or spring.
How? In an already made hole, put the plant, adding enough and good quality soil around it and press it down carefully. It is very important to water it regularly. The good draining system and using acidic soil with about 5.0 pH value are also required,
There are many possibilities to protect the plant, such putting sawdust, or using pine bark, ring mulch or grass clippings. Using 2-4 wreaths will be enough to protect your shrub from weeds and conceal the moisture of the soil.
It should be done once a year, which will help you to avoid rinds or sawdust from cedar/redwood tree.
In order to strengthen the branches, you should prune your shrub regularly, which optimizes the plant’s growth. This is a way that provides your shrub to grow enough fruits with a decent size. You should pay attention to selecting the blooms, and remove dry branches, so activate your scissors and clippers.
In addition, you should scrape off any dead wood, remove the branches at the bottom of the shrub, and clip off dry branches.
Fertilizing the soil is a very important process and the best time to do it is in early spring right when the leaves wake up. Use organic, eco-friendly fertilizers that work best for your blueberry shrub. The next phase is again after you prune the shrub.
The lifetime of this bush is about 4-5 decades. The suggestion is to plant different varieties, and you should also provide cross pollination.
Following these steps will prove you to enjoy munching on your homegrown blueberries.