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How to Grow 4 Different Types of Berries

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How to Grow 4 Different Types of Berries

Perennial berries offer tasty backyard treats year after year. Berries are versatile, in that they’re great fresh, in baked goods, dried, frozen, and as jam or preserves. If you have growing space either at home or in a community garden plot, consider adding some berries to your gardening plans.

Growing Blueberries

Blueberries are among the easiest fruits to grow organically.  Late winter or early spring, during the six weeks prior to your last spring frost, is the best time for planting blueberries. Young container-grown plants may be set out later but need time to grow roots before hot weather.

Except for saskatoons, blueberries require acidic soil with a pH below 5.0. Blueberries can also be grown in containers filled with an acidic, bark-based planting mix.

(Get a complete growing guide at All About Growing Blueberries.)

Growing Strawberries

Strawberries are usually the first berries to ripen in a given growing season, and a bed of 25 strawberry plants can produce 30 pounds of strawberries per year. Plant strawberry starts six weeks before your first frost, or you can set out plants in fall if you have mild winters. Before you plant, dig plenty of organic matter such as compost into the soil. A type called ever-bearing strawberries will work particularly well for growing in large containers if you don’t have garden space.

(For much more on growing strawberries and different types to try, see Growing Strawberries.)


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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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4:57AM PDT on May 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:34AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Great article.I've planted strawberries this spring but this awful weather(too cool & too rainy) have ruined one plant.Hope the remaining two plants will survive.I've only bought 3 plants because I've got a balcony garden :)

4:39PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Thanks! :-)

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12:39AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

I really want to grow strawberries(container) next year. Thank you for the extension for this topic.

5:03AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012


homeopathy possibly (silicea) can help plants:

"In short, one single application of Silicea has a profound effect of long duration on soil productivity and every stage of a plant’s life. It is able to:

•Antidote manganese toxicity in soils
•Change the ionisation of soil particles in water-repelling soils so water is easily absorbed
•Stimulate seed germination of grasses, plants and trees
•Help plants survive and even thrive in low rainfall or desert areas
•Strengthen weak and struggling plants
•Produce trees with hard and dense timber that is more resistant to termite attack
•Prevent and treat dieback
•Increase plant resistance to disease and pests
•Produce larger and more prolific fruits and flowers"

3:11AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

I grow ever bearing strawberries as well as raspberries and serviceberries. I tried growing blueberries but it was toooooooo much effort for very little return.

2:29AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Don't forget your currants ! Black, red or white they are full of vitamins and quite delicious.

10:28PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Blackberries grow wild here and they take over quick.

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