Do you still grab the strawberry topping the first thing while you’re having your favourite ice cream or cake? Read more to know about this.
Do you crave ingredients that are nature-fresh when you become the occasional desert chef to entertain friends or just to satiate you sweet tooth? Then why not have your very own garden of berries! You can gorge on your favorite mouth-watering berries without having to bother heading to the food bazaar?
Growing berries demand attention, skill and hard work. No, I am not intimidating you; but what you need is mental preparation before you decide to cultivate berries. The advantage with berries is that they are easy to grow in most parts of the country, but a cool climate is preferable. Berries are also low in calories and are repositories of vitamins, making them a delectable choice for even fitness freaks.
Blackberries can be bifurcated into two types. One would be the trailing varieties which are climbers or runners and the other is the upward variety that grows in a vertical fashion. During autumn, the terminal growth extends to the soil as well as the root.
- Blackberries should be planted in an area with adequate space for each so that the plants can spread themselves freely during their growing years in an uninhibited manner.
- Blackberries require annual pruning to check unwanted growth.
- Blackberries require training to elicit vertical growth which can be achieved by guiding their growth patterns with the aid of stilts or trellis as a form of support.
- The best time for harvesting the blackberries is when their colour turns rom red to purple.
Quick tip: you can also grow blackberries to act as a protective fence for shooing away animals in case you have a vegetable or a flower garden, owing to its prickly bushes.
It is advisable to grow Raspberries during early spring. Also, since they have a predilection for moisture, you can sodden the shoot in water before planting.
- Since raspberries love to spread and extend themselves, it is cognizant to create a roomy space during the digging process itself.
- Raspberries need mulching and demand pruning during the fall season.
- They are least affected by pests, so you will be able to save the expenditure on pesticides.
Blueberries can be a visual treat if you plant your baby blueberry bushes in a row with holes deep enough for them to extend and expand.
- Settle the soil near the plantings and ensure that the blueberry rows have a width of 10 feet.
- Blueberries demand loads of water, so irrigate them appropriately.
Quick Tip: Since blueberries are really tall, you can even use them as your umbrella plant for shading other plants!
Strawberries, just like all of its other berry cousins, are hardy to the frost of winter and grow in rapture during the heat of summer.
- They should be planted at 15-24 inches in a row and the seedlings should be completely embedded in the soil.
- Always settle for freshly picked strawberries since they taste utterly heavenly in that state.
Quick Tip: Refurbish your strawberry plant annually for enhancing its productivity.
Achilles is a huge variety of gooseberries which is a large green berry with a tinge of red. Pixwell, Poorman, Mt. Ennis, Hinnomaki Yellow and Red Jacket are all different varieties of gooseberries!
- They share a predilection with all kinds of soils.
- The bushes grow better during the scorching heat of summer with a distance of 4-6 feet between the plants.
- Their arching branches spread to a height of 3-5 inches and are endowed with self-pollinated flowers blooming in the early season.
Cultivating berries requires a generous amount of sunshine, good drainage facilities and proper air circulation.