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Berries are just one of the joys of summer, and growing your own can make it that much more rewarding. If you have a good, healthy berry plant, your yield can be quite spectacular, setting you up for jams, juices, ice creams and so much more.
Berries in general are little powerhouses of nutrients packed with antioxidants vitamins, and minerals.
You don’t need to have an enormous space to start growing some berries for yourself. Many will do just fine in a container on your porch or in a sunny little corner of your garden. If you aren’t convinced, take a look at this article that gives you 12 Reasons You Should Grow Mixed Berries at Home.
There are the classic blueberries and strawberries and a whole host of more unusual ones, too. Check out this list of articles that give the lowdown on growing berries at home.
Luckily, for those of us who produce our food, with the right information, blueberries can be fairly easy to grow, and they are a long-lasting plant that will provide us with nutrition for years. As well, blueberries have varieties suited to all sorts of climates, from the hot and humid to frigid winters. Or, they can even be grown in containers, allowing us to shift them around into the areas most climatically conducive to them. Take a look here to learn How to Grow Blueberries at Home.
The prospect of growing some strawberries right at home might be of interest to many of us, and the good news about that is that they are super easy to deal with, produce a lot throughout the year, and are perennial plants, meaning they don’t need to be bought again or replanted each year. They are prolific growers and will provide food for half a decade before tiring out. But, not to worry, they are also very easy to reproduce. Click here for The Ins and Outs of Growing Your Own Strawberries.
3. Tree Berries
It’s worth noting that food-producing trees are great friends to gardens and yards, as well as the people who cultivate and harvest from them. Trees are perennial plants, most producing year after year without much care, and one food tree can usually provide more quantity than dozens of crop plants. So, if you want to grow tree berries in abundance, it’s worth putting a few of these in the edible landscaping plan. Here is a list of 7 Berries That Grow on Trees for Big-Time Harvests.
Mulberry trees produce an incredible harvest of soft fruits that can be enjoyed as jam, wine, and tea. Mulberries are vastly nutritious, and a tree can make a beautiful addition to your garden if you have the room and time to maintain it. There are a few different species of mulberries. Morus rubra, or red mulberries, are native to North America. However, it is the Morus alba, or white mulberry, that might be more commonly found in North America, despite it being native to Asia. If you are interested in getting started, have a look at How and Why You Should Grow a Mulberry Tree.
Although elderberries haven’t experienced great fanfare in the US, they have been beloved in Europe for some time, and they are still beloved by Native Americans. They are native to both places, and they are extremely versatile when put to use. Though not particularly delicious on their own, elderberries make tasty jams, syrups, juices, jellies, pies, and wines. Even the flowers are edible, and they make a delicious tea to boot. Here we have A Quick Guide to Growing and Utilizing Elderberries.
6. Goji Berries
Goji berries are versatile in the kitchen and flavorful additions to all sorts of meals. Recipes with goji berries include cakes, cookies, oatmeal, trail mix, granola, raw food energy balls, and any dessert imaginable. In other words, it would be wonderful to have your abundant source of goji berries growing at home, especially because they are so pricey from the supermarket. If you fancy growing your own, use this guide to help you: How to Grow and Harvest Goji Berries at Home
7. Goumi Berries
For those interested in growing some of their food at home, the goumi berry can be a valuable asset as a super-powered plant, be it part of a hedge, part of an orchard, or put in a pot. For those striving for a healthy diet, the goumi can be featured in plant-based (or otherwise) nutrition, providing a myriad of vitamins, minerals, and so on, with a unique flavor. This tells you Everything You Need to Know About Goumi Berries
In the mid-1800s, gooseberries were all the rage. British gardeners had created some 170 clubs centered around gooseberries, many with annual contests to see who could grow the largest, and like with any good contest, trophies were awarded. The berries back then were known to be the size of goose eggs. Few of us have them in the garden anymore, and that perhaps is a shame. If you are interested, check out this guide on How to Grow and Eat Gooseberries.
*It is illegal to grow gooseberries in some states of the USA because they are a host of white pine blister rust. Check the gooseberry status in your state before starting a plant.*
- 7 Ways to Use All Those Mulberries You’ve Grown or Foraged
- 7 Ways to Use All Those Elderberries You’ve Grown
- How to Grow Blueberries at Home
- How to Grow and Harvest Goji Berries at Home
- 8 Tips for Growing More Fruit in Your Backyard
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