Blueberries, an Easy Crop for Burke County
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Everyone likes to grow things, whether they eat the end product or just enjoy its blooms in the garden. But, there is nothing more thrilling than planting, growing, harvesting and then eating a crop that you have grown with your own hands. It is true that not all crops are so easily grown by the amateur gardener but there are lots of crops that are very simple to grow.
A great example would be blueberries. One of the easiest of the small fruits, its long harvest season and abundance of sweet, juicy berries make it a perfect fruit to grow at home. Blueberries need a well-drained soil in a sunny location. They are not prone to diseases and have very few insect problems. There are many varieties that can give early, mid-season and late berries for an entire summer of enjoyment. One mature blueberry plant can yield 2-3 gallons of berries and the whole family can feast off of the “fruits of their labor” with only 3 to 4 bushes.
Blueberries are not self-pollinating, however so it is important to plant at least 2 different cultivars. They also make attractive landscape plants and can be used wherever a large shrub is needed. Blueberries do need some room to grow with a spread of 5 to 6 feet at maturity.