I am sure we can all agree that the cost of buying berries in the shops is insanity and often unaffordable. This is such a pity because berries are such a wonderful superfood that we should be eating them like crazy. So our post today is focused around 3 berry plants which you can grow and reap the rewards from because homegrown berries are always sweeter and better than store bought.
The post explains how to grow these plants so that you will experience a bountiful harvest.
Blueberries: This berry plant requires a very acidic and rich soil (like soil with high organic matter). Therefore we would recommend planting them in pots with a potting soil and acid soil mix, which you can purchase at retailers (you need a PH of 4-5). Please note that blueberries tend to enjoy a colder climate in winter (when they are dormant) so I would only recommend them for the more inland gardens and not directly on the coast. If they are too warm they will not develop fruit properly. The good news though is that newer varieties are being bred to not need the colder climate so much. They have quite a shallow root system so we wouldn’t recommend letting the roots dry out, and we would also recommend mulching the surface of the ground. Use acidic mulch if possible for example pine needles if you have or pine bark. The fruit is produced on the side shoots of year old canes. Blueberries do not need to be pruned for the first three years.