Plant a Pick-Your-Own Berry Patch Today

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Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 1 hour

 

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Turn your yard into a pick-your-own goldmine by planting low-maintenance berry bushes now while plants are just waking up. Grow several different types of berries to enjoy home-grown fruit from early summer through late fall.

Blueberries like company, so grow two or more varieties to ensure good pollination. With delicate spring flowers, summer berries and dramatic fall foliage, they make beautiful year-round ornamental shrubs.

Raspberries and blackberries grow well in most climates in fertile, sun-drenched sites. With raspberries, many gardeners grow both spring- and fall-bearing varieties – an easy way to stretch the season and a great way to have plenty of supplies for jam.

Plant Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries:

  1. Choose a sunny spot with good drainage and convenient to water.
  2. Test soil for the pH level. Blueberries require acidic soil to produce fruit.
  3. Dig planting holes twice as large as the plants’ pots.
  4. Place some of the dug soil in a wheelbarrow and mix it with equal parts compost. Add peat moss for blueberries.
  5. Refill holes halfway with this mixture.
  6. Separate a few of the bound-up roots and place the plants in the holes.
  7. Refill the holes with soil.
  8. Drench with water.
  9. Spread 2” of mulch around each plant, keeping mulch 2”-3” away from the trunks of the plants. Do not mound like a volcano. It can kill plants.

tip:

Clip the tips from raspberry and blackberry canes when they are 5’ tall. Tip-pruning triggers the plants to develop more branches, which will double the berries next spring.

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