Among many other health benefits that blueberries have, they also are great in protection of memory loss.
Namely, a study conducted in 2012 had suggested that eating at least one serving of blueberries per a week has the ability to slow down the cognitive decline by few years. In addition to that, study conducted in mice in 2013 has found that berries protect the brain by clearing toxic proteins that accumulate there.
Well, undoubtedly blueberries are incredibly beneficial and you easily can start growing your own organic blueberries – at your home. Continue with reading and find out how.
6 Easy Steps to Grow Blueberries
- Choose a proper place and prep the soil.
First step in growing blueberries is to find sunny place with well drained, well worked and weed free soil. It is important to highlight that water is crucial for growing blueberry bushes as they are requiring constant moisture, so you need available water in any time.
You will make raised beds in case if the soil is not properly drained or it is only partially drained. In case you don’t have a garden or you are living in an apartment, you can utilize patio container for growing blueberries.
In you decide to plant the blueberries in a garden keep in mind that you need available area of two and ½ feet in diameter and 1 foot deep for each plant. First dig a hole in the area and then remove 1/3 or ½ r of the soil and apply an even amount of pre-moistened peat moss and mix it well.
If you got raised beds, you should apply a composite of even amounts of peat moss and rind (make sure you are not using cedar or redwood), tripe or planting mix. In order to get more detained advises you can visit the local garden center.
- Space the bushes for optimal growth
The space between the blueberry bushes needs to be 2-2.5 feet, or 6 feet for individual blueberry bush for solid undergrowth. In case you intend to make rows, the space between them should be 8-10 feet.
It is advisable to plant the blueberry bushes during spring or fall. But, in some parts of the world they can be planted in any time of the year.
If you have containerized plants, you gently should pull out the bush from the container and then rough up the cortical layer of the roots.
You need to increase plant’s top topsoil for ½ inch. Make sure to harden it well around the root ball, and at the end apply some soil up alongside the subjected root. Finally, don’t forget to water it well.
Experts say that the best wreathes for the blueberry are sawdust, rind mulch, grass clippings and acid tripe. The blueberry has great benefits from wreathes due to its shallow roots.
In fact, even 2-4 inches of wreathe are enough to preserve moisture, disable the weeds from growing and ensure organic matter. You need to repeat this procedure every year and make sure you are not using any rind or sawdust from cedar or redwood tree.
For blueberry bushes the pruning is crucial as on that way you will avoid over-fruiting that may lead to small fruits. Once it begins to grow, it is recommended to bush it strong enough before bearing fruits.
You should detach most of the flower blooms when they are appearing. Namely, if you prune the bushes regularly, you will get stronger and healthier plant.
Tips on pruning:
- Clear any dead wood
- Clear 1/3 – 1/2 of the wood of the bush
- Remove all low growths around the bottom of the bush
- Cut off short and discolored branches
- Soil fertilization
When it comes to organic fertilizers, our advice is to try blood meal and cottonseed, as proved to be very efficient for this purpose. You should not use manures as they can harm the bush.