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Posted on 07 June 2010 by

Blue for Blueberries: How to Grow Them

blueberriesBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Blueberries are great for urban gardens.

Their compact shape and texture can create visual interest in flowerbeds while being a perfect container plant if space or land is limited.

The trick to growing blueberries is one, keeping the soil acidic enough and two, planting at least 2 different varieties for fruit production.

To get started one must decide where you plant to plant your blueberries. This step is very important because the area or container will need to be supplemented with acid building materials 3 months before planting. The pH, lime index, nutrient status, and organic matter will Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 24 May 2009 by

Grow Your Own Blueberries

blueberries4By Vanessa Richins

Whenever my dad went out for doughnuts for breakfast, he would bring me a blueberry muffin.

It’s no secret that these bite size beauties are one of my favorite fruits.

With the right soil, you can grow your own blueberries too.

A key factor in growing blueberries is acidic soil. You should test your soil before attempting to grow them. The soil needs to have a pH between 4.5-5.2. If your soil is in that range, congratulations! You are ready to grow blueberries. Otherwise, you will need to amend your soil to bring it to that pH range.

Contact your local extension office for suggestions of amendments appropriate for your area. Common additives include aluminum sulfate, iron sulfate, sulfur and spaghnum peat moss.

Next, you’ll need to Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 07 September 2008 by

Best Fruit For The Small Garden

By Cindy Naas

Just because you garden in the city doesn’t mean you can’t grow some delicious fresh fruits.

There are good choices for any gardener, whether your garden is a small plot or a collection of pots on the stairs.

Here are a few great ideas for growing fruit in the urban garden:

Strawberries- There are a couple of choices for strawberries in a smaller garden. Traditionally, strawberries have been a spring or early summer fruit and the vines continue growing for the entire summer. For the very smallest gardens, this takes up a lot of space for very little return. I have a small strawberry patch, but my garden is fairly large for a city garden.

The other choice is Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 09 May 2008 by

Bringing Fruit to the Urban Garden

By Vanessa Richins

When you think of growing fruit, you may envision orchards that cover acres of land.

Don’t despair – there are many options available for the urban garden.

Some fruits grow on plants that are naturally small. The two most common ones are strawberries and blueberries. Both are small enough to be grown easily on a patio. Strawberry pots can help you grow many strawberry plants in one pot.

A note for blueberries : make sure they have acidic soil, or your blueberries will not do very well…if they live.

When it comes to fruit trees and urban gardens, one word stands out Read the rest of this entry »


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