Who doesn’t like a pleasant squirt of juice as you bite down on a single fresh ripe blueberry, the exact taste is between a green and red grape, but sweeter. Not only are blueberries delicious, they’re extremely high in antioxidants, they are also relatively easy to grow and look after, which will also save you money buy not buying expensive supermarket blueberries.
When And Where To Grow Blueberries
Plant your blueberries in late autumn – early spring, the harvesting season begins in mid-summer – to early autumn. Plant in moist, well-drained, acidic soil in a sunny spot. If You are worried about sunlight, and can’t find much sunlight, try different places e.g. balcony, front garden, window seals, if still no success, don’t worry too much, blueberries are tolerant of shade, although better crops(and autumn colour) are obtained in the sun.
Blueberries are fussy about soil acidity, they will not grow well if planted in alkaline soil. Soil acidity can be measured with a pH testing kit. The pH of the soil needs to be 5.5 or lower for blueberries to thrive. If your soil is higher, you can lower your soil’s pH by using several products including elemental sulfur, aluminum sulfate, iron sulfate, acidifying nitrogen, and organic mulches, all of these products can be bought easily online or in your local B&Q.
How To Grow Blurberries
Keep the compost or soil moist, but not soaking wet. Don’t allow it to dry out between waterings. Water plants with rainwater as it is slightly acidic, not tap water, unless you have no alternative in a drought. Tap water will raise the pH level of the soil. If your garden soil is alkaline (above 6.0), grow blueberries in containers of ericaceous compost. Preferably, this should be loam-based– for example, John Innes ericaceous compost.
Pruning is rarely needed in the first two years, prune anytime from November – late February. Prune out dead, diseased, dying, weak, rubbing, or damaged stems, plus any that are touching the ground. Twiggy growth at the ends of the branches that fruited last year, cutting back to a low strong, upward-facing bud or branch, and one-third of the oldest stems at the base of a mature plant.
Ground blueberry plants don’t need fertilizers, however, feed container plants every month using a liquid fertilizer formulated for ericaceous (lime-hating) plants, optional for ground plants as well.
Nutrients And Health Benefits of Blueberries
Blueberries are rich in nutrients, they contain Vitamins K-1, C, E, and B-6. Minerals such as manganese and copper.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds, including anthocyanins(reduces the risk of heart disease ), quercetin(lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease), and myricetin(helps to prevent cancer and diabetes). They can also be beneficial for heart health, brain health, and control blood sugar levels, and can be easily added to your diet.
How to add blueberries to your diet
Blueberries are very easy to add to your diet and you’ll barely notice it. You can just eat them plain, grab a handful and chuck them in your mouth. Here are some brilliant examples, make milkshakes, teas, juice, pancakes, waffles, frozen yogurts, icecream, fruit salad, jam, sauce. Also added in cereal, oats, etc and the best thing is, they taste delicious.