We all know that blueberries are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which makes them a great addition to our diet. Recent studies have shown that blueberries can also help with brain function and memory loss.
One study conducted in 2012 showed that only one serving of blueberries per week can help you slow down the cognitive decline. Another study in 2013 that was conducted on lab mice showed that blueberries can remove the toxic proteins which accumulate in the brain.
It is hard to find fresh blueberries in the supermarkets, and if you are trying to buy them out of season, blueberries can be pretty expensive.
This helpful guide can show you how to easily grow your own blueberries in just 6 simple steps.
- Choose a good spot for planting and prepare your soil
You need to choose a good planting spot that gets lots of sunshine and has excellent drainage in order to water them constantly since the blueberry bushes need plenty of water and lots of sun.
Raised beds are great for this purpose because they will drain better than regular soil.
You should space around two and a half feet in diameter, and a foot deep for every bush. For better results, you need to mix some pre-moistened peat with the soil you want your blueberries to grow in.
You should avoid using redwood rind and cedar.
- Give the blueberry bushes enough space
You should separate the bushes by 2-2.5 feet, or 6 feet space for one bush since the blueberries need quite a lot of room for growing. Separate the blueberry bushes by 8-10 feet, if you plan to plant them in rows.
- The process of planting
If you want your blueberries to thrive, plant them in spring or fall since these seasons provide the best conditions for growing blueberries.
You have to use half an inch more planting soil than topsoil. The first step is to pack the soil around the root and then add the rest of your soil. You need to start your bush off with great amount of water. The blueberry bush should be watered well and frequently.
You should use sawdust, rind mulch, grass clippings and acid tripe because these are the perfect mulching materials for your blueberries. You should provide your blueberries with nutrients whenever you can since they have shallow roots. This step is important because blueberries need lots of nutrients.
2-4 inches of mulching material is the perfect amount. However, you should replace it every day.
If you want your plant to grow strong and healthy, you need to prune it regularly. You should clip off any flowers or dead shoots.
Effective tips for pruning:
- Remove the growths from the bottom of the blueberry bush
- Remove the dead woods
- Clip off the branches that are short and discolored
- Clear about half of the wood
You should use organic fertilizers on your blueberry bush. You should also know that blood meal and cottonseed give the best results. Manure can damage the plant, so you should avoid using it.
If you follow these steps, you are definitely on the way of receiving fresh blueberries right in your own garden!