Blueberries are delicious berries no one can get enough of. Besides their great taste, they are also very healthy and can be easily grown in your backyard.
Blueberries health benefits
Here’s a list of the incredible health benefits of blueberries:
Low in calories, but rich in nutrients
A cup of blueberries contains 3.6 gr. of fiber and 24% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. It also contains 36% of the RDA of vitamin K.
Rich in antioxidants
Blueberries contain antioxidants which can prevent cell damage and slow down the aging process. By consuming them regularly, you will look younger and keep your DNA healthy. According to a study, consuming blueberry juice every day reduces the damage to the DNA by 20%, so make sure to eat a handful of them daily.
Regulate your blood pressure
One study showed that consuming 50 gr. of blueberries on a daily basis can reduce your blood pressure by 4-6% over a period of 8 weeks. They will also reduce cholesterol damage, improve your brain function and your memory as well.
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How to grow your own endless supply of blueberries
Find the perfect spot
Just like any other plant, blueberries love sunlight and good soil. The sunlight will allow them to carry out photosynthesis properly, which is required if you want them to grow well. Raised beds are a great idea if you’re living in a home with a garden – they will allow more water into the soil and a perfect amount of moisture for the plant. To grow them in apartments, you’ll need a patio container.
Give them room
A bush of blueberries can grow up to 6 feet, so make sure it has the room for it! Allow a bush to grow naturally, and leave 2.5-3 feet between bushes for best results.
The planting process
In most countries, spring is the ideal time for planting blueberries, with August the probable time for harvest. If you’ve bought a baby blueberry plant, take it out of the packaging and give the roots a thump, then put it into soil and cover the roots with it. Pat down the top layer of soil well and water your plant.
Sawdust is the best type of mulch for blueberries. Pine bark, rind mulch and grass clipping should work as well.
Once the plant grows, you’ll need to prune it. A study suggests letting the strongest branches grow vigorously to allow for maximum fruit growth. Use a pair of small clippers or scissors to cut back some of the branches and let the berries grow. Dead branches should be removed as well.
Use an organic fertilizer for your blueberry – it’s non-toxic and safe for the environment and will fertilize your plant for a longer period.
Follow these tips and sit back and relax, watching your plant growing day by day.