Without a doubt, fresh berries are a culinary favorite, and a highlight of summertime, especially if you live in northern climates where the berry season is short and sweet. You might purchase your strawberries and raspberries at the local supermarket, or maybe a farmer’s market, but did you ever consider planting berries in your own backyard? It is much easier, and much more rewarding, than you might think!
Many berry plants are self-pollinating and multiply quickly, which means that in just a few years you could have a whole patch of strawberry plants or raspberry bushes in your yard. Berries also produce generous harvests of fruit every year, with minimal maintenance required.
Growing your own berries can also be cost-effective, as berries—especially organic varieties—can cost a pretty penny at the store. In addition, berries are easy to store and can be frozen for eating in the winter season.
If you’re thinking about planting your own berries, there are a few things you should consider when choosing which type of berry to plant and which side of your yard to dig up:
- Berries thrive in full sunlight and well-drained soil
- Different types of berries ripen at different times—if you want a full season of endless berry picking, choose your varieties accordingly
- With the exception of blueberries, which require neutral soil, berries can grow in a wide variety of soils
Here are a few tips that might help you decide which types of berries you want to grow.
There are three types of strawberry plants. Everbearing and day neutral strawberry varieties produce berries all season long and flourish when planted as a ground cover among other flowering or non-flowering plants. June-bearing strawberries, on the other hand, produce one generous crop of large berries in the spring.
Strawberries should be planted in early spring and weeded carefully as they can become easily overgrown.
There are many varieties of raspberries bushes, and many of them can be planted directly in the ground or in a raised bed to prevent excessive bramble growth. Raspberries should be planted in late fall or early spring and given plenty of room, as they tend to spread rapidly. To promote fruit production, you’ll want to prune your raspberry bushes in the winter or early spring.
Blueberries are slightly more particular, and need to be planted in acidic soil, preferably with a 4.8 pH level. If you prepare your soil correctly, your blueberry bush will thrive with little maintenance required.
There are many types of berries to choose from, and with little work required on your end, you could soon have a backyard haven of delicious, juicy fruit. If you haven’t considered growing your own berries before, maybe now is the time—they are guaranteed to add an impressive flourish to your family’s dining experience. Don’t forget to like or follow us for future posts on Your Family Dining Room.