Green Garden - Healthy and Nutritious Berries

Who loves fresh Berries from the Garden?

Berries are a nutritious and healthy fruit all people need to consider adding to their daily diet. Important vitamins, minerals and other natural substances are present in berries that can help a person greatly increase and maintain the essential personal health within their body. It is an easy way to improve bodily health by eating portions of berries as often as possible. Many natural antioxidants are present in various types of berries that can be an aid to help eliminate the effects of free radicals within the body that can cause bad health and illness.

Oxidation in the human body can lead to the proliferation of free radicals that will cause damage to the bodies system to maintain optimum health. When oxidation transfers hydrogen and electrons to the cells in the body, changes can and do occur that will lead to negative effects involving the normal operation of the bodies system. Cell damage by free radicals is inevitable, and these negative free radicals can even kill the cells of the body. The cells in the human body need to be protected from damage so they can continue to repair the bodies system and maintain the direct functions they perform.

Antioxidants interfere with the oxidation process and therefore protect the cells in their daily work to help assist the body and keep it operating normally and properly. The antioxidants work to eliminate the chance of cells mutating into forms that are not helpful to human health. Cell mutations can cause malfunctions in bodily processes and introduce unnecessary risks like diseases and cancer.

Studies show the effectiveness of antioxidants disrupting cell mutations. This is certainly very helpful when trying to avoid things like the negative results of unintentional exposure of the body to dangers like radiation. The antioxidants can possibly help protect cells from mutating into things like cancer because the antioxidants aid the cells to continue to reproduce themselves consistently without error.

Benefits from these antioxidant rich berries can prevent infections, and aid the body’s entire immune system. Vegetables and fruits in general have the same effect to deliver various antioxidants. Berries are popular and convenient as a way to give the human body nutrition relatively high in antioxidant positive effects that is convenient and simple. Some berries can be dried out and stored rather easy. Other types of berries are better eaten fresh before they become too ripe and possibly begin to grow unwanted bacteria or mold. Strawberries seem to best be eaten fresh. Many types of berries can be easily converted into other forms of food like jam or jelly. Fruits and berries changed into other forms of food like jams and jellies tend to be storable for a longer period of time. They may be combined with various preservatives like fruit pectin and sugar. This is where we get the idea for preserves. When the fruit is stored with a proper method and canned it can easily be made into nutritious kinds of treats like jelly sandwiches. The antioxidants are still present in the preserves and benefits can be gained from eating the fruit and berries even though they are converted to another form of food.

Pies and tarts can contain berries and fruit. Some people prefer to eat the food in this way. As long as the fruits and berries are prepared fresh and proper the antioxidant effects will continue to remain and be beneficial for the individual consuming them. Many people are sensitive to sugar and develop negative side effects like rashes or diabetes when eating an excessive amount of sugar. This can be avoided by carefully considering the form of the berry one wants to eat. Sugar substitutes can be used alternatively in canning or making jams and jellies. Pie and tarts can be substituted with natural alternative sweeteners that can be very nice and tasty, avoiding the large sugar content of the prepared or processed food.

It can also be fun to try new recipes and change ingredients to customize the foods prepared. Some ingredients are necessary and can not be substituted. Try different ingredients and find what works best for the desired results. Yes, there will be recipes that do not come out as planned so patience and careful thinking must be applied to what is being done with the fruit and berries. Be patient and you will eventually find a preparation method you like and are pleased with.

When selecting fruits and berries do some research on what they contain and in what amounts. Beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E can be among the first things to consider when getting ready to eat this beneficial food. Vitamin C and vitamin E are most abundant in berries. Do not worry about a certain type of berry not having all the contents you are most concerned about. Often you will need to eat many types of fruits and berries to get the health effects you are looking for and what is most important to you.

Multivitamins can be helpful in supplementing ones diet. Consider visiting your doctor or nutritional specialist to find out what type of diet can be most beneficial for you. Some studies show multivitamins can be more effectively used and processed by the body if chewed or dissolved properly. Many people say when vitamins in multivitamin form are merely swallowed there is a good chance they will not be fully absorbed and thus eliminated before the body gets a chance to get them assimilated.

Benefits of berries include the vitamins already being in a form that can be assimilated easily in a natural process of ingesting the fruit. A decreased urgency to supplement ones diet will occur because the natural form of the vitamins wanted are already present in the food. Be sure and confident about your nutrition. If you are not certain about any food get expert advice before consuming it. This also applies to berries or other types of fruits you are not familiar eating. Some people might be allergic to certain substances and it is best to be careful when introducing any new food to ones daily diet.

With the increased pollution and radiation in our world environment, natural fruit and berries will help protect the body’s cells from damage. It only makes sense to consider expanding our diet with nutritional foods that can be a great way to living healthy. Research has proven antioxidant rich foods are a smart method to deliver supporting nutrients essential to maintaining the body’s natural way to keeps cells working the way they should.

Natural antioxidants are abundantly found naturally in fruits like berries. This is very good news and can help a person have an added protection from unwanted oxidation and particles that occur naturally and unnaturally in our environment. Some berries are more specialized that others for helping with certain processes that aid cells in the body to function. Certainly berries can be very tasty, and an easy way to supplement ones diet. Many kinds of berries are available in the open market and grocery store. Various tastes of certain berries are more appealing to some people. Try a lot of different kinds of popular berries and see which ones appeal to your own personal taste.

What is a Berry?

Berries are a type of fruit. Often they are small and easily eaten. Traditionally they come from a family of fruit that is of a type containing juice and seeds. There may be a wide difference in the color or taste of the fruit. Sometimes the color can be an indicator of the type of taste of the berry. Red berries are often preferred for their general taste acceptability. Blue or purple types of berries may have a slightly bitter taste to some.

Orange, yellow or green berries may have their own special type of taste. Not all berries are recommended as edible. Some types of berries may make you ill so be careful to stay in preference to popular types and varieties when considering them to eat.

Many consider some berries to not be true berries at all. Different viewpoints and opinions may exist that consider other types of fruit like bananas as forms of berries. We live in a wonderful world with abundant natural gifts, including delicious fruits and berries. Consider many berries fruits and many fruits berries in a general way.

A true berry can be loosely defined when the fruit has the entire ovarian wall ripening into a pericarp which is edible. This may be illustrated for example by a grape having developed in this way when it is grown and mature. Hot peppers might be considered as a form of berry, and usually may have present large amounts of vitamin A. Hot peppers also have a variation unique to them in the way they taste hot or sweet. Some styles of cooking involve using both hot and sweet types of tastes at the same time to deliver a very savory style of preparation.

Berries can be grown in a way that mixes their attributes. For example some grapes have seeds and some lines of grapes are grown seedless. A relative of the hot pepper is the tomato. A tomato can have its own unique taste and form when grown. Some are large and yield many seeds; others might be small and sweet tasting. Special breeds of berries have been hybrid to create something new like the delicious boysenberry.

Boysenberries are a hybrid type of fruit. They are a mixed breed combining attributes of loganberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Delicate and sweet they are very popular for excellent jams and jellies. Wonderful fruit pie can be made from boysenberry. The berries are physically kind of large. The larger size of these berries makes them quite a hearty meal, and the smell and taste is very delicious.

A watermelon can be considered a type of berry. Forms of watermelons can be very large or small. They can also contain seeds or no seeds. Related forms of fruit can be considered berries, some people do not consider related fruits as berries but they may very well be just that.

Coffee grows in berry form. When consumed coffee is often processed and ground to be prepared into a beverage. In some places in the world they are considered beans. Coffee beans or berries are sometimes dried or lightly roasted and eaten individually as a snack.

Citrus fruits with a thick rind or skin can be considered forms of berries. The orange, lemon, lime, and kumquat are various types of special berries. Many consider them forms of the genus of berry family. Citrus fruit has evolved and developed their very own unique tastes and nutritional properties. Citrus fruit can contain large amounts of a specialized acid called citric acid. The hardened rind or thick skins are a consistent trait of these citrus fruits, and often these varieties are referred to as pepo type fruit.

Drupes are like solid skinned, layered types of berries. For example consider cherries, olives, plums, peaches, bayberries, and hackberries. Most have a stone or pit not normally consumed and may also have forms that do not have a pit. Mulberries may grow on a bush type plant that bears multiple fruits close together. The separate tiny flowers develop into a fruit cluster.

Aggregate fruits and berries are rather bumpy skinned and the flower contains seeds from different ovaries. Sort of like a fruit composed of tiny berries uniting as one. This effect can be observed in the raspberry and blackberry. Many types of dark berry juices may have a potent pigment in the liquid that might be strong enough to color the surface it is applied to.

Traditional berries do not usually contain a pit or stone. Seeds nested inside the berry are considered most common. Some seeds are edible inside the fruit and others are not necessarily acceptable for digesting. Many people have a type of preference regarding seeds when eating berries. People have different tastes and styles for what they prefer to eat and it is a personal choice. Pits or stones in the fruit may not be recommended to eat at all. Be mindful what is considered eatable and wholesome to ingest and what agrees best with you when consuming berries.

Types of Berries

Three popular types of berries are strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. They are popular and unique in their own ways proving different heath benefits and similarities. The taste of the berries is often also unique to the berry and one only has to try one to see.

Strawberries are very good tasting. They are often eaten fresh and unless chilled and kept out of direct sunlight after picked they will spoil quickly sometimes. Strawberries can be eaten just like any other fruit directly without much preparation. Some people enjoy them with other toppings like chocolate or whipped cream. Fresh strawberry ice cream is really great. There is nothing like real fruit natural flavor and nutrition from real strawberries. Artificial strawberry flavor can sometimes be real tasty but the natural taste and health benefits of the real fruit can not be easily matched.

Various nutritional benefits of strawberries include natural vitamin C, low calorie content in basic form, and more vitamin C per once than an Orange. Be sure to thoroughly wash strawberries and all fruit. Depending on where and when they are grown they may have been exposed to pesticides to deter attacks on the fruit. Also carefully examine the strawberries for mold or pest infestation. Although no fruit or berries are always physically perfect they must be in a form that is wholesome and acceptable to consider before eating them. Often growing them yourself can be fun and the best way to know for sure first hand about their background and growing conditions.

Think about reputable markets and growers that have natural and clean methods for raising their fruits and berries. Many times the best nutritional results can be achieved when the best care and thoughtfulness is applied to the growing process for berries and all fruit in general. This will help insure a tasty and wholesome eating style that is smart and highly recommended.

Blueberries are also very popular. They have an esoteric beautiful visual appeal in addition to tasting really good. These fruits can be eaten fresh, baked into muffins and bread, made into jams and jellies, and much more. Blueberries are very popular for their strong antioxidant effects greatly improving cell health and proliferation in the human body. The berries can be consumed as is or they are very tasty dried like raisins.

In the United States, blueberries are consumed popularly and are a close second in dietary use behind strawberries. The antioxidant compounds are also used often in the consumption of blueberry juice, which is a very healthy and great tasting beverage. Consider drinking fresh blueberry juice if you do not like the solid form of the fruit. Although the fiber content may be less without the berry flesh present the juice is incredibly nutritious.

Studies have shown an increase in healthy cell proliferation when eating blueberries that may also aid the rebuilding of the body, and aid in anti aging remedies. An increase in life span may occur when the body’s cells are aided by the exposure to the strong antioxidant properties of the blueberries.

Healthy nutritional attributes in blueberries include vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, low calorie content, and fiber. The deep blue color is relevant to the berries health benefits. Low quality blueberry fruit may not have a rich blue color present in the flesh. The healthiest berries will have a deep blue, glowing color to them that really gives them a visual appearance that is highly appealing.

Raspberries are very good too. They are popular and have similarities to blueberries and strawberries. Although different looking then some other berries, the raspberry also has great nutritional benefits. Healthy nutritional benefits in raspberries include vitamin C, low calorie content, and a large amount of fiber aiding with proper digestion and regularity.

When harvest, fresh and healthy raspberries will have a delicious glow to them. They will have a slightly translucent appearance to the flesh of the fruit. Be sure as with all fruits and berries that they are clean and pest free. If necessary one can use a small soft brush when cleaning them to insure getting all the nooks and crannies polished. Think about using clean filtered water free from fluoride or contaminates. Also helpful might be to use a special organic fruit cleaning liquid specially prepared for fruits and vegetables.

The juice of all the berries is very good to drink and may be in the form of pure juice, or small diced pieces of fruit for extra flavor and texture. The berries made into juice may be refereed to as ‘juicing’. The berries may be more appealing when consumed as a beverage to some. The juice can either be pure juice or combined with other juices forming a blend.

Blending the juice is a personal taste preference and is open to whatever you can dream up for the recipe. Popular juices to combine with berry juice include apple, pomegranate, lemon, and grape juice. Banana and strawberry also have a nice taste together. The juice mixture can be well blended to a thin consistency or blended more thickly. Avoid seeds or pits because the juice is better consumed as a liquid only. One can also add filtered or distilled water in small amounts if desired. If a sweeter juice blend is wanted a small amount of sugar or sugar substitute can be added to the blend. It is not recommended to add too much extra sweetener because it can overpower the natural taste of the juice and taste more like sugar than fruit.

Storing the juice or berry fruits may take some considering also. Many find freezing the fruit can be a nice experience. Perhaps use a plastic Tupperware type container to place the fruit in before placing in the freezer. The heaver plastic from a Tupperware type container can help protect the berries stored from becoming to frozen or covered in frost leading to a freezer like taste when used later. Not recommended is the use of thin plastic bags to store fruit. The plastic of thin freezer type bags may allow too much freezing to take place and change or modify the consistency of the fruits skin and body. There are special freezer bags that can be used but they are not as protective in preserving the fruit as a thicker plastic container.

Canning berries can be a great way to preserve them over time. Be sure to try out different methods in small batches with different types of berries. Some canning methods might alter the taste of the berries in a way unexpected. Also the berries can last a long time made into preserves if desired. Different jams and jellies made with delicious berries can be a great way to enjoy eating them and insuring they will keep awhile before they are needed.

There are also food dehydrators that quickly dry out fruits and berries. They can be a great help when storing and preparing the fruit. Many kinds of berries can be dried like raisins and eaten that way. Strawberries do not work as well when dried as blueberries do. Have fun trying different berries and fruits to see which you like best. And most certainly do not forget other delicious dried fruits like banana chips.

Varieties of Berry fruit

Botanical berries are usually considered the primary berry family with seeds and pulp produced from a single ovary. It is a large group of berries generally considered to belong to this variety, and not all berries are edible or recommended to eat. Some berries can be toxic to ingest.

Always consider only popularly known safe healthy berries and fruits.

Here are some types of berries

  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Cranberry
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry

Lesser known types of berries

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Bell pepper
  • Coffee berries – beans
  • Grapes
  • Hot peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons

Some crossover occurs in the berry family with the lesser known types. For example, a pumpkin is a berry, and also a gourd. A tomato is considered a berry, but to many people it is also a vegetable.

Weather and climate for growing

Hot or warm sunny climate seems to work the best for growing berries and fruits. The soil should not be too sandy or rocky. Rich soil is well recommended for the berries will absorb important nutrients they need for proper growth. Rainy places with a lot of precipitation can be good and bad. If not enough rain falls to water the plants the fruit will grow small and dry. If too much rain falls the plants may get soggy and grow moldy over time. An excess of water also tends to make the plants sick and they might turn yellowish till the weather improves and dries out again.

When the weather is too hot the plants can burn and the fruit will tend to become dry or turn brown. If the weather is too cold frost can develop on the berries and they will turn brown or possibly fall off the plants or trees. A medium type of weather is good to insure a nice berry crop full of healthy fruit and happy growing plants and trees.

Desert land is usually not recommended. Some fruits can do OK in this environment type like possibly a cactus type of plant but this hot type of desert weather is not conducive to growing berries. A feasible option in a desert type weathered area may be using a green house to grow the berries. If suitable conditions can be maintained through a controlled environment in regards to proper temperature and sunlight the berries can be grown in very hot weather types. Not a likely good environment for growing berries would involve trying to grow in a freezing type of snowy weather.

Temperature could be regulated in a greenhouse but there would be concerns about natural sunlight supporting the plants. Perhaps using lights for growing might be ok but this does not seem to be popularly done at this time. Good geographical areas for growing berries would be best located somewhat away from the earth’s equatorial regions and not close to areas far enough north or south to expect snowfall.

Garden environments and seasons

A great gardening environment naturally lending itself to prosperous growth of fruit berries would be relatively free of pests. Specific bugs or slugs could expose the fruit to being damaged. Nice healthy and clean soil rich with nutrients to support the fruit would be very good. Animals that would eat or damage the growing fruit berries need to be avoided. Hungry mice may get very hungry and take small bites of berries and fruit that they like to eat. Possums if hungry can also damage fruit growing on plants or trees if they get hungry and want to try eating something new.

Helpful hints, recommendations and ideas can be found by experienced growers and gardeners to help deter various forms of pest infestation. Sometimes the natural way is the best way. For example, if birds damage fruit or berries they might be led away by providing things like a bird feeder. Pests like bugs will sometimes eat what tastes best to them like a small patch of lettuce or spice. In this way like a scarecrow keeps away unwanted crows in the field something else of importance to the pests may drive them away from important areas in the garden or farm.

Trellises or cages for berry branches may help young plants support the new fruits newly grown. A large garden stake might help facilitate a young tree not yet strong enough to support itself or new fruit. Sometimes when it comes to supporting heavy loads of fruit present on a tree or plant branch one needs to support it with a garden stick. Garden sticks can be bought for sale at popular garden centers. Many garden sticks can be used that are lightweight like the ones made of bamboo. The bamboo garden sticks are lighter than the plastic covered steel garden stakes and are more versatile when used in the garden. Be sure when using support poles, garden sticks and cages to consider using plastic ribbon markers of a bright color. The brightly colored markers can be good for facilitating easy notation of sticks or other objects that might accidentally poke or scratch a person while working around them and not paying attention. Many discount stores sell low cost gardening accessories like marker tape or ribbons colored in bright green or orange, and they are easily attached to items for safe gardening.

Dogs, cats, deer, or other wandering animals might dig up a soil area or wander around and get into mischief. Small wire fencing can be easily set up to partition off an area of the garden to detour animals to somewhere else. Rose bushes and other plants can have small thorns that help keep an area clear when animals wandering near the fruit are an issue. If rose bushes are planted near an important garden area, that will be an easy way to keep the area more clear.

Try to stay away from having berries and fruits in areas of the garden prone to a lot of shade from the sun. Some shade is OK at certain times of the day but constant shade with no direct sunlight will not be recommended at all and can inhibit plants and trees from growing healthy and happy. The plants and trees are alive and like you and me need to be kept happy in their own way to yield a nice fruit harvest. Be thoughtful and considerate of the plants and trees. Take care of them and they will take care of you providing delicious berries and fruit.

Certain seasons naturally lend themselves to proper growth of berries and fruit. If it is winter season and the plants and trees need water, try to water them in the day time when there is still warmth and sunlight. This will give them time to absorb the water before night falls and the water gets cold and gets the plants or trees sick. If very cold weather is in season and icy conditions or frost is the norm, the plants or trees may go into a hibernation sleep. Treat them well but don’t water them during a frost period or they might get ill and not wake up again in the spring season.

Always provide a good quality of nutritious soil in the garden area. If the proper nutrients are not available in the soil anymore consider a fertilizer application to the area. In general try to avoid fertilizing with granules or pellets when it is cold. These types of fertilizers are activated with water and it may not be a good idea to do watering during cold weather. Cold weather fertilizing can sometimes be done with manure type fertilizers. They have a tendency to blanket the ground and keep the plants and trees warm.

In all seasons there can be a concern about debris on the soil or ground. Too many leaves or weeds can interfere with plant and tree growth and attract pests. Keep the grounds fairly clean and clear of leaves. Remove too many weeds that will choke off the plant or trees ground area. Take the weeds out with a small shovel or by hand. Weed eater type trimmers will not remove the roots of the weeds and not properly clear the area. Avoid using chemical type weed sprays and applications of weed pellets. Often the chemicals may be absorbed by the plant or tree and eventually will make its way into the berries and fruit. If you can, be sure to stay as natural as possible with garden care. Shortcuts can lead to unexpected results and cause more problems later than time saved.

Expect most flower blossoms for fruits and berries to occur in springtime. Harvest can happen at different times but is usually expected summer or autumn before winter. Be careful to use the best gardening tools for the job. Cutting corners with cheap tools may not be a good idea. For example, pruning shears of low quality might work ok for a while but will eventually wear out dull and ineffective. Trim excess branches and stems that are not needed. This will help keeps the plants and trees growing properly and bearing the berries and fruit in the places you desire them.

In the summer time things in the garden grow faster and may require more attention. Be sure to allow enough time and planning to do a good job keeping things around the garden in proper order. In the winter time things grow slower and not as much time will be needed to care for the plants and trees. Good planning and expectations are critical to creating and maintaining an excellent environment in the garden or farm for best results. An orderly way of accomplishing garden work leads to better time management. This can give great results when growing berries and fruit, and still leave you with plenty of time to do other things like enjoying a satisfying social life with friends and family.

How long it will take

Depending on how experienced of a gardener you are and your familiarity with gardening skills results will vary. Conditions will play a large part in getting a berry and fruit garden off the ground. It is inevitable that some years there may not be much happening at all. Some plants and trees may not provide any fruit for years at a time. On rare occasion some plants and trees just never grow ant berries or fruit at all.

I’ve seen orange trees three or four years old never grow any fruit. Why? It is not easy to say. Perhaps the weather was not ideal for harvest. It is also possible some plants are sterile at random. If after two years the plants or trees do not show significant progress and growth then consider removing them and replacing them with new ones.

Sometimes reseeding off the old plants or trees will yield a more prosperous new generation. Like humans, plants and trees have various successes in different eras and generations. The seeds may still be good and a fine new generation could come after the first.

If there is a concern about the parent plants or trees not being a good line to plant the new generation, try another type or line. If you are doing things properly there should be some results, but patience is the key here and if you are dedicated you will be blessed with a nice harvest sooner or later. All in all, if you do the right things for the garden at the right time things should go very well.

Selecting the berries and planting

Selecting what berries you would like to plant is the first step to getting your berries and fruits healthy and happy. Think to yourself, what am I really interested in? What berries do I like and want to grow? What types of berries or related fruits will work where I live?

Perhaps start with considering the most popular top three berries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Which one do I like the best? This is a good place to begin. Think about one berry type you could really love to have in your garden. For beginners it is a good practice to focus on one type of plant or tree at first. This will build and perfect your knowledge and expertise. If you are confident enough and have the time try to grow all three then do them all, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

Plan the garden area you want them in, and at what time you have available to work on the project. Get started early before springtime and have everything ready you will need. Do you want to start them from seeds or purchase young plants or trees? Perhaps an avocado tree is what you have always dreamed of having, no maybe a cherry tree!

Well all in good time. For now lets assume the plan is to grow strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Start with one and if things go well move on to planting the next type. Careful selection and planning is mandatory for regions with large seasonal weather changes. The hottest and coldest places are most difficult to plant successfully. The USDA makes helpful suggestions for plant hardiness. The suggestions are organized into zones in the United States relating to what type of growing conditions to expect and predict on average. A zone 3 area for example might be too cold most of the time for some planting in parts of the US Midwest and parts of Canada. Depending on environment such as city, suburb, or rural areas there will be differences in zone accuracy predictions. Rural areas may receive more wind than a city with large buildings that help absorb and slow down wind speed. City environments might also be warmer because of the nature of the average temperatures expected in the areas.

Wind can be a big factor in planting and sustaining healthy blooms that produce fruit. The wind present in areas that sustain heavy wind for longer periods of time can blow the blooms and berry fruit of the limbs of the plant. Also wind can greatly reduce leaves on the plants that are important for absorbing sunlight and sustaining healthy growth. A lot of concrete or black top surfaces in an area can retain heat more than plain land covered in only grass and natural foliage. Microclimate considerations must be taken into account like high elevations producing cold in more abundant amount, or low land plains that could produce large amounts of dust and debris in windy weather.

Drainage factors may come into play for recessed areas surrounded by areas of higher elevation. These natural contours to the land may produce flooding in a major or minor way that can make plants ill and over watered. It is possible to install and carefully plan drainage methods into an area of land. These might be best seen in advance and installed and implemented before a series of planting occurs on that land. Barren land may have the correct weather conditions but may also have drainage problems if large amounts of precipitations or other conditions occur. Natural land covering like grass and trees or other plants in the surrounding area for planting will help drain moisture and water preventing ground being saturated with wetness.

Strawberries can quickly become overwhelmed by too much rainfall or water present on the land when they are directly planted in the ground. Blueberries and other berry fruit that grows on bushes or trees will be more resistant and hearty when facing conditions of high precipitation or moisture. Plants need reasonable time to recover from large deposits of water at one time so smaller plants can not survive these types of conditions as easily as larger plants, bushes, or trees. Larger plants, bushes and trees will also be effected less by lower temperature climates and windy places to some extent.

Smaller plants like strawberries will take less land resources and space to keep up. Blueberries and similar larger plants may require larger plots of land for proper spacing between them when planting. Plant size can be predicted to some extent by the family and breed of berry or fruit. Special hybrid types of plants can be purchased or grown from seed that are meant to be dwarfs or smaller than expected.

It is possible to lease or use special growing areas that are made for growing fruit. The land has been designed and prepared in a way that is specific and optimized for growing plants. Such specialized growing areas may be available on ranches, farms, or agricultural land prepared just for the purpose of panting and growing fruits like berries. This may be an excellent option for people who require assistance in using a place for growing fruit.

Green house owners are usually savvier and possibly more experienced in matters regarding growing plants. Green houses can be optimal places to insure healthy plants due to the controlled environment they provide. Cost factors for green houses can range from the very expensive to economically reasonable.

Patio environments can be a great place to have plants. Strawberries and raspberries can be grown in pots. They can also be grown in hanging type containers or baskets that allow the branches to flow down from the plant keeping them dry and away from excess moisture. Some hanging type containers are specially designed to grow berries and fruits like strawberries. They may have a design similar to a bag filled with soil and hung from a ceiling or supporting board from a roof.

The hanging type containers might have to be hung from strong secured hooks or secured roof boards because soil is heavy, and if the place the growing bag or container is not strong enough to support the weight the object will not be secure. It may eventually fall down or loose its secure placement it is attached to. If the hanging type containers might work for you they do offer a good planting solution that will produce nice results. The specialized types of hanging containers often have openings in several places on the object. The containers are gradually filled with soil then the plants are inserted through the openings in the sides of it. Then more soil is added and more plants are added to the remaining openings till the container is finally filled completely with soil and plants.

Pots that are used for planting need drainage holes on the bottom of the pot to provide proper drainage after watering. A pot set with a catch plate is placed underneath the pot to catch excess water that flows out from the bottom. This plate at the bottom of a pot is good to prevent messy spilling of water trough the bottom. It can also provide a nice auxiliary water supply in small amount for the plant if it is rather dry. Plastic catch plates can be purchased separately for a low price to help provide this feature to pots not paired up with catch plates for drainage already. Sometimes the plastic catch plates can bend or warp after time. Consider a clay catch plate for the bottom of a plant or use a more durable thicker plastic plate.

Before you buy a plant, bush or tree look around at different places and compare prices. One store might have an identical plant for much higher of a price. Some low priced plants may be for decorative purposes only and might never produce many blooms needed for fruit. Other decorative plants are purposefully intended for decorative use only and may not produce any fruit at all, just flowers.

Large discount home center will have a great selection of different types of fruit and berry plants to choose from. A nice selection of seeds may also be available at a location of this type. Personnel working at a larger store may not be experts like employees working at a local smaller nursery. Plant nurseries often have greater expertise or experience dealing with plants, bushes, and trees. If you need advice for a project then a nursery is a fine choice to make purchases. A plant nursery may be more expensive then a larger home store that buys plants in volume for lower prices but plant nurseries often rely on repeat business from customers and might be more careful about the quality and type of plants they stock and sell. This can be your advantage to purchase from an expert because they will already know what kind of seeds and plants are best for what you tell them you want them for.

Another consideration in comparing stores and prices is the care given to stocking and maintaining what they sell. If plants are not regularly watered or cared for properly they may already be sick or not in good condition to seriously plant. Even if refunds are guaranteed for plants that pass away early you may loose valuable time in the growing season. Seeds that are routinely sold in larger stores may be bought in volume but not purchased in a timely manner. Old or dried out seeds will not be worth purchasing or trying to use for planting purposes.

Genetically modified seeds may also be out of the question for planting use. Genetically modified seeds or GMO seeds might be designed with special resistance traits or side effects built into the life of the plant. The engineered seeds could have a plant produce elements to ward off bugs that are not healthy for humans to be exposed to for periods of time when ingested but they may be easier to take care of it some ways. Genetically modified seeds or plants can for example be resistant to some weed killers so applications of chemicals of this type may not be harmful to the plant, just the weeds. It is a personal choice what kind of plants to grow and careful consideration must be thought about when making a purchase. If you have no concern for genetically modified seeds then they may be a good choice. Again do some research on what you want to grow and draw your own conclusions regarding these matters.

Heirloom seeds are considered by many the highest quality available. They are closest to the natural original version of the seed. Plants and seeds may not be labeled specifically whether they are heirloom variety or another type. This is another area where an expert opinion or research might be useful in making a purchasing decision.

Seeds and plants need a certain method used to produce good results. For fun it can be as easy as digging a small hole in the soil and dropping a seed inside, covering it up with more soil and watering it regularly. If planting directly into the soil extra preparation can be added to help insure a happy and healthy plant. When planting seeds directly into the soil on flat land the land can be tilled and weeds can be cleared to give the plants an area for optimum growth. Drainage on flat land can be accomplished with a method of placing the seed or plant into a hole in the soil that is covered in a raised area or small mound. This will prevent excess water from collecting on the plants and aid in draining the area of extra water. It can also help using the mound style planting method because stems or plant branches will not be exposed or directly touch the soil.

When planting in large rows there might be a sort of long raised area running several feet long to facilitate spacing between the plants or trees. A rule of thumb for blueberry bushes is to plant them at least 3 feet apart. Plants can be placed closer together but they may become eventually entwined or grow tangled together. To both sides of the raised mounds used for planting in rows there may be a sort of lower area or water way. The water way is used for watering large amounts of plants or several plants at a time. Someone can fill just the waterway in one place and the water will flow to each plant. Also it is good to do this water way method if concerned about drainage matters.

Depending on how big the plant, bush or tree will get when fully grown consider spacing and placement of things in the surrounding area. Planting a plant too close to concrete may eventually produce a crack in it because roots will grow out from the plant in undetermined paths. Wood or stone fences may also be possibly damaged when planting plants to close to it. Roots grow slow but they can be very strong and either break stone or push their way into unexpected places. Underground pipes need to be clear from possible root interference. Pipes can get broken or sometimes the root can grow into the pipes and clog them.

When starting seeds it is a good idea to grow them in a small container. In this way you can more easily monitor their progress and keep them for pests. If planting seeds directly into the ground the can be damaged and attacked more easily by pests in the area so seeds in small containers are recommended at first. Do not let the plants grown in small containers get too big or there might be concerns transplanting them into a new location. Plants grown from seed are delicate at first and great care needs to be taken to facilitate their transfer to a new location. Sometimes the seeds will get so accustomed to their bed in the container they will not live long if moved. Be ready to use the greatest care when moving young plants so as not to disturb them. Try to retain all the roots without breaking them much and transfer a bit of the old soil with them.

Trees and bushes when bought partially grown or fully grown come in different forms. Most of the time they are conveniently already planted into a temporary container. They can be transferred to a new place quite easily if care is taken. Dormant plants or trees need to stay dormant when planted for best results. They may be barefoot with exposed roots. Barefoot plants or trees need to be soaked in water at the root level for best results before planted. Some dormant plants or trees are balled together at the roots with a burlap or cloth bag. Just check the roots are not excessively broken inside the bag by touching the bag feeling for something not right or out of place. Loosen the ties or straps holding the bag to the roots and plant it.

Many mail order plants or trees might come delivered to a location with the bear roots in moist peat moss packed around it. Nursery or store bought plants and trees will most likely come with its own pot or container. Get help if you need it because soil with plants can be heavy lifting and if a delivery service is available to your location it is worth considering. Any way a plant or tree is available or delivered as long as the proper method and care is used, planting will go smoothly.

Catalogs with additional details about the plants or trees are available online or at the place of purchase quite often. The documentation is helpful and will give important information relating to the plant or tree being purchased. Usually mail order plants will always have good documentation available before purchase. Special plant varieties are not always readily in stock and could require specific ordering or selection to obtain. In these ways catalogs can offer nice resources relevant to buying just the plants you want to grow.

Dwarf plants and trees can have shallow roots relative to how deep they seat themselves into soil. A garden stake, stick or pole might be needed to help support them in a windy region. Garden stakes can also help plants or trees grow straight up if growing bent or crooked in the ground.

Questions to ask about the plant or tree can be an important way at arriving at a decision. Some basic questions to ask and consider may include the following.

  • How large will the plant be?
  • What are specific characteristics of this plant?
  • How much space will be needed when fully grown?
  • How much time and care is required to give the proper attention for this plant?
  • Is a gardener or other expert needed?
  • Will the fruit be edible?
  • Will the fruit be primarily for decorative purposes?
  • How long does someone need to give before the plants bear’s fruit?
  • What type of climate is recommended best?
  • Are pollinators required?
  • How often does fertilizing need to be done?
  • What kinds of fertilizers are recommended?
  • Is documentation for the plant available?
  • Is the plant covered under a guarantee or warranty?
  • Does this fruit need to be protected from birds?
  • Are pests fond of this type of plant or fruit?
  • Are plants of this type locally grown successfully?
  • Is the plant sensitive to cold or frost?
  • What treatments are available for treating mold growing on the fruit?
  • Is experience needed to prune the plant effectively?
  • How often does the plant require watering?
  • Which diseases and pests are common for my location?
  • How much sunlight is recommended for a healthy plant of this type?
  • What is the normal harvest time for this type of plant or tree locally?

These are some basic questions that can be asked or researched. Generally catalogs or books may be available to quickly reference common questions about a type of plant or tree. Be sure to get any opinion or experience conveyed relating to the plant or tree grown in your local region.

Soil depth is important to determine regarding any plant or tree. The basic rules for depth of soil are best understood to not have obstacles that could get in the way of normal root growth paths. Fertility of the soil needs to be considered. If the soil is used up and rocky the new soil may need to be placed into the area for the plants to prosper. Soil nutrients and organisms are vital to the plant really doing well. A good thing to keep in mind about planting fruit is that fruits do not need as much nutrients available in the soil as vegetables need.

When planting in large areas like farms or ranches take the time to survey the land and get an idea about the big picture. Wind is always an issue of some degree and if strong winds arise is there a windbreak needed like a fence or large trees. This can be a plant saver for a good windbreaker will help stop wind damage from occurring.

Raised planting beds can be installed in any place with available room in the area to allow facilitating the planting process in the soil. The raised planting beds allow extended root space that can come in handy especially for hard ground type soils.

These areas with raised planting beds can also make it easier to care for the plants or trees because the will not be as low to the ground. They also help hold in more moisture to some extent because watering tends to be more concentrated into the area that is closed off by the raised bed. Water retention depends on what material the raised plant bed is made of. Wood tends to release more water that a brick or stone raised bed. It all depends on how you design it or what your preference is. Raised plant beds are additionally helpful in preventing high water levels on ground level soil.

A certain degree of flavor and taste difference can occur in raspberries and some other fruit. Keep in mind different breeds and types of berries have certain flavor characteristics. Other types of berries like strawberries and blueberries will not necessarily have as wide of flavor and taste variance as raspberries.

All is Ready to Plant

Start the seeds and have them handy in small containers when all is ready to plant. If the plants are pre grown have them close by and handy. Get everything ready to prepare the soil. If the plants are rather small like strawberries make a hole into the soil not overly large. If the plants are bigger like small blueberry bushes make a hole larger than for the strawberries.

Whether planting in a container, raised plant bed, or directly into the ground some advanced soil preparation is done. One way to plant is to have some extra planting soil ready mixed available to use. Planting soil mix is available at the nursery or store where planting supplies are sold. Some planting mix is for certain types of plants. There might be a type available for fruits or use of a general planting soil can work well also.

If planting in soil directly check to be sure the area is clear and free of debris or weeds. Remove any rocks, leaves or sticks that might be in the way. When planting directly into the ground remove any old roots in the soil and sift through it to clean it somewhat. It is not necessary to clean out every old root in the soil but be sure not to mix in any weeds or grass from before planting if possible.

The hole in the ground once clear can be partially filled with new planting soil mix. The new planting soil mix will help the plant grow better. If planting in a container, new planting soil mix can be used to fill the whole container. When planting in cool climates it’s been said that the best time to plant is early spring time. In warmer climates planting in autumn of fall can be ok because freezing won’t necessarily occur that easy in these areas. The roots will have a nice long time to grow in more in warmer climates because winter will not set in as heavy as in cooler climates.

Planting dormant plants can be ok but for best results in warmer climates try non dormant plants. Sometimes there is really no assurance that a dormant plant will awaken again when you want it to. Be careful to avoid watering the plants at night when the weather is cold or cool. If they get too cold with the water they might get damaged or not do well.

If you are planting a mail order plant unwrap it from the cloth to expose the roots. Look at the roots and inspect them for slime or fungus type growth. If the plant was packaged in poor condition or not packed well it may have root damage from the slime or fungus. If you received a mail order plant and it was in poor condition through no fault of neglect then repackage it into the cloth and return it. Do not plant any plant with damaged roots.

Some mail order plants are barefoot without soil, just moss. If they have roots in good condition prepare to use them for planting. Barefoot plants often need a soaking of the roots in water for about a day before planting them.

When plants are in containers they can be firmly rooted and not easy to get out. Carefully remove a plant from a container. Do not worry about removing all the excess soil from the roots for some remaining soil will help prevent the plant from going into shock and keep it more comfortable. Be careful not to stretch or damage the plant roots when removing the plant from the container.

Some farmers when planting large orchards of fruit trees prefer barefoot dormant plants because the work is labor intensive and they do not have to worry about barefoot plants being rather sensitive. Since they are dormant and sleeping like a human would in a way, they do not go into shock as easy as a live plant that could experience trauma not good for it. Most small planting projects work just fine with live plants if you handle them carefully.

Pay attention to the size and shape of the plant being placed into the soil. In all likelihood it will not be relocated again anytime soon, so position it in a good orientation to its symmetry to the area. The position of the plant should look and feel right. If it is crooked or out of position the plant may not do well or grow as expected.

When planting a fruit bush like a blueberry plant or a cherry tree water down the soil planting mix somewhat inside the hole that was made to place the plant in. Depending on what is available and fruit type a special fertilizer or stabilizer may need to be mixed in the hole with the planting mix or potting soil mixture.

Do not add too much extra additives into the hole where the plant is to be placed. Use only the recommended amount in the instructions or it might burn the roots or get the plant sick after planting. Follow any recommendations as best you can without over doing the planting process.

Some gardeners recommend if the roots are circling together or tangled together too much loosen them up before planting the plant in the soil. Do not use the container in the planting process because even a natural container of moss will inhibit the proper growth of the plant roots. Place only the plants roots into the soil with not container.

When planting large fruit bushes or trees after you have filled the planting hole with about three quarters of the way with planting soil mix, add some more water. This will help eliminate air pockets and gaps in the soil solidifying it into the ground or pot. Do not add too much water because muddying the soil needs to be avoided. Especially for large fruit bushes and trees the soil still needs a firm consistency to support the plants weight.

After a smaller plant like a strawberry plant is placed into a hole in the soil, cover the hole firmly with planting soil mix and push it down firmly but not hard. After adding the final soil covering to a fruit bush or tree, pack it down well. A garden stake or pole is a good idea to help secure the young fruit bush or tree so it has favorable position and support. Cushioned wires can be added to secure the bush or tree to the pole. If gardening plastic ribbon is used be sure it is of a strong enough type to hold the tree near the pole without stretching or breaking loose. Good tough garden string is also fine to help secure the bush or tree with the pole.

An additional step that can be used for fruit bushes or trees planted in lawns is covering the roots around the plant with mulch. It is recommended as the tree grows over time to continue applying more mulch around the base. This is an optional step to help insure proper growth.

As we can easily see in these steps to planting fruit plants, bushes and trees. Plants that are small require less effort to plant than bushes and trees. Fruit bushes and trees have a similar planting method. Fruit trees require more detailed planting steps to get them properly placed into the soil. More details can be used for planting trees but in this example, this is the general way it is done.

Harvesting Healthy and Nutritious Berries

After planting berry plants you can soon look forward to harvest. While they’re growing continue to look after them to keep them healthy and happy. Plants like people need attention and care to grow. Build a routine to continue providing a nice environment where they can flourish and you will be rewarded with beautiful flowering blooms and fruit.

It gives one a great feeling of accomplishment to know that you are growing your own fruit. Whether it is just for fun, a new hobby, or creating a more wondrous garden, nothing beats the rewarding satisfaction of harvesting healthy and nutritious fruit. It is very good to have come this far. The future looks bright when the time comes to gather all the new berries when they are ready.

Pruning the plants can assist them to grow. Sometimes leaves and stems or branches wither and need to be cut from the plant. The pruning process also aids in helping shape and form the plant the way you want it to be.

Pruning as it relates more closely to fruit plants and trees involves making well thought out trimmings because it will have a close effect on how it will grow and bear fruit. Especially important is knowing how to prune fruit trees right. Branches are very important in trees and cutting the wrong ones will give a lopsided appearance and growth. Careful details like knowing where to cut and not where to cut can’t just be guessed. Any trimming and pruning manual should have more information about fruit tree pruning properly. Often an expert tree trimming professional or pruning expert can be hired to help with the job.

Another important thing to keep in mind about fruit trees is paying attention to trimming near the buds. If an area near the bud is cut wrong it will not bear as much fruit. One general rule is to trim the apical bud at the end of the branch. This trimming off or pruning of the apical bud at the end of the branch will sort of fork the branch in a way that will encourage the tree to fork that branch. More branches yield more fruit; it can be as simple as that but greater expertise and experience gives the best results. Often it can take years of practice, formal learning, and training to be an expert fruit tree pruner. Hard work learning how to prune fruit trees in an excellent fashion will really pay off in the long run with a healthier tree and a lot more fruit harvested.

Be careful not to trim too much at one time. The plant will appreciate being trimmed in a moderate fashion. This helps relieve the burden of old growth no longer useful or needed on the plant so it can take care of itself easier. Less old plant growth to take care of equals less overhead for the plant. If too much is trimmed off the plant at one time there is a risk it will get upset and possibly pass away. Respect the fruit plant and be wise in removing parts of it.

Clean up around the berry plants as much as possible. Well cleaned areas promote growth and healthy plants. Old or early small fruit that dropped off the plant should be collected and thrown away. It might be infected by pests and throwing it away can help prevent the spreading of disease and more pests.

Old leaves can stop sunlight from reaching the ground and attracts pests like worms or slugs. Pick up leaves before they start to decompose. Keeping the area around the fruit plants clean is very necessary and can not be neglected. Some gardeners use leaves as compost or make mulch out of it. Better mulches to help keep in moisture are used like gravel or Bark chips. Black gardening plastic does a good job keeping in moisture for strawberries and stops weeds from growing too much. Good black gardening plastic should last a few years. If the plastic used falls apart to soon try another brand of gardening plastic needs to be substituted for the mulch.

Fruits need regular watering to grow. Over watering will not help things grow faster. Watering too much will prevent the roots from breathing and tend to inhibit oxygen for the plant. Hand watering is good for small fruit plants but larger plants like bushes and trees require a method of watering that delivers more water than a watering can. Use a hose or good sprinklers to water a fruit bush or tree well.

Rain gauges can be useful to get a baseline idea relating to how much rain is being absorbed by the ground. Water barrels are very good for collecting water that does not have added chlorine and fluoride. The rain water is a more natural way to supply cleaner water to the plants. Filtered water is the best if it is available in good supply.

Time to harvest the fruit

Harvesting is done in different seasons depending on ones geographical location and climate. In the USA there can be possible harvests around summer time till autumn or fall. Do not pull hard on the fruit to remove it. Pulling on the fruit will possibly bruise it and damage the plant. A good pair of pruning shears work well and someone can use sharp gardening scissors if cuts are made well.

The fruit has good value and can be sold or given as a gift. Many people appreciate fresh fruit berries as something special just for them. Nutritious berries have many uses like baked goods, jams and jellies, ice cream, wine and spirits, pies, pancake syrup, and juices. Don’t forget to save some to eat as they are, because they are really good for you!

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