One of the goals for 2012 is better blueberries. You can tell how good blueberries are for you given the competition the wild birds give you for them.
They are packed full of vitamin C, dietary fiber, manganese, and a wonderful source of anti-oxidants. As I talked about before I can eat them by the pint. I am striving for better blueberries and want to see how long I can stretch the season.
We have planted an early season, mid season, and late varieties. Our goal will be to have blueberries at least May through July. There is nothing better than sitting down with a bowl of fresh blueberries.
Better Blueberries are native to North Carolina. They can tolerate the heat, humidity, and droughts that typically define a North Carolina summer. As one would expect they prefer a lower ph level of soil. That makes mulching with pine straw a no brainer.
Why would someone decide to keep blueberries in their backyard? What is more attractive than a beautiful bush that produces a healthy food for you. The beautiful colors in the fall make for an attractive display. When the bushes are full grown they provide a beautiful landscaping focal point.
We currently have 10 plants and five different varieties. The plans are to triple that through the purchase of new plants and the rooting from existing plants. They are easily rooted from cuttings. This will take a few years but one day we may just have enough blueberries for me and the birds.
Until that time we support our local farmer that continues to bring us local food as it is imperative to have that preparation. We are blessed in North Carolina to have a strong agricultural presence.
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