Growing Blueberries for Fun or Profit

 


Article by: Barbara Adams

Blueberries are well known for fresh eating, pies, jams, jellies, syrups, juice, and baked goods such as blueberry muffins, pancakes and waffles. But, they are also baked into squash dishes and coffee cakes. Backyard , Planting Roses growers and small farms , Dandelion: Miracle Gift from Mother Earth prosper by offering blueberries as a u-pick crop, and by creating one-of-a-kind value-added blueberry products , Lawnmower Maintenance Tips That Help Produce The Best Lawns such as pancake mixes, or blueberry flavored organic , Cyclamen yogurt and ice cream. For home , WaterWise Gardening - The Basics Required to Create a WaterWise Garden use, fresh blueberries freeze well unwashed, dry and unsweetened. People love the way they don't stick to each other after being frozen like other berries, and pour out of their freezer containers like frosty marbles. My children loved to freeze blueberries in small individual freezer bags, then grab a bag throughout the coming months to snack on.

It is said that in blueberry season, , Birdfeeders & Birdhouses - The Perfect Outdoor Accessories bears will eat nothing else except ripe blueberries, and that they will travel up to fifteen miles per day on an empty stomach to find a blueberry patch. Both bears and birds , Planting Roses have long loved the blueberry, leading one small blueberry farm , Birdfeeders & Birdhouses - The Perfect Outdoor Accessories in Southampton, Massachusetts to name itself "Bird Haven Blueberry Farm. , Outdoor Furniture Cushion Replacement- Redesign Your Outdoor Space " They protect their berries from the birds, , 3 Easy Tips for Successful Container Gardening and successfully sell blueberries as U-pick, fresh-picked, frozen, and in jellies, jams and pies.

Because blueberries grow , Making the Most of the Front of Your Home Using Wind Chimes from the south to the north, most locations , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs can find varieties that suit their home , A Teak Table - Accent Your Outdoor Decor With One garden or farm. , Cyclamen It is recommended that at least two varieties, regardless of ripening time, are grown for cross-pollination and better fruit , Wild Flower Garden - Make Amends...Your Plants Will Love It production. Yet, there are also a few reports of single species producing well. Today, home , Dangers in the Garden: Animals gardeners and small farmers can purchase highbush varieties developed from the commercial industry selected for large size, ease of picking and productivity. Older varieties, however, can also be found. "Rubel" is believed to be one of the first wild blueberries selected from the wild for commercial breeding, and can still be purchased and grown. It is reportedly higher in anti-oxidants than other commercial blueberries. The European bilberry and even wild huckleberries can also be purchased for growing , Is it Really Teak Wood? Caveat Emptor! (Part Two) in gardens. , Coping With Algae in the Pond While the plant , Some Practical Ideas For Designing Your Own Landscape varieties vary greatly in size, the average gardener can expect from five to 15 pounds of berries each growing season. , Handcrafted Garden Bridges Builds Traditional Arched Span Bridges with Modern Flair

The bushes require loose, acid soil , Teak Planters - Accent Your Outdoor Space with One suggested from pH 4.0 to 5.5, as would be found in their native woodland edge and meadow dwellings. The soil , Spring Planting Tips needs to have constant gentle moisture, , Waterwise Xeriscaping for an Extraordinary Spring Garden never too soggy and wet during the growing season, , Camellias and not allowed to dry out, especially their first year. Their roots , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 2) Plant Needs are very shallow, so cultivation should be gentle. Some species offer fiery red or orange foliage in the fall, , Green Thumb Gifts: Beyond Gardening Gloves with lovely bark color , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction in winter. , Waterwise Xeriscaping for an Extraordinary Spring Garden There are also evergreen varieties and dwarf varieties. They can live up to 60 years, so choose the location , External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which One Should You Use? wisely. And don't forget to put up a "No Bears" sign.

(c) 2006 Barbara Adams
Barbara Adams Author: Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard , Birdfeeders & Birdhouses - The Perfect Outdoor Accessories to Small Acreage in Partnership with the Earth , Choosing Fish for the Garden Pond (New World Publishing) http://www.MicroEcoFarming.com

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