Did you know that among other health benefits, blueberries protect against memory loss?
A 2012 study suggested that eating at least one serving of blueberries a week slowed cognitive decline by several years. One possible explanation as to why came from a 2013 study in mice, which found that berries might protect the brain by clearing toxic proteins that accumulate there.
I have even more good news… it’s fairly easy to start growing your own organic blueberries.
6 Easy Steps to Grow Blueberries
1. Choose a proper place and prep the soil.
In order to start growing blueberries you need a sunny place with well drained, well worked and weed free soil. The water is crucial for growing blueberry bushes because they are requiring constant moisture, which means you must have water available in any time.
If the soil is not properly drained or it is only partially drained, you will make raised beds. If you don’t have a garden or you are living in an apartment, you can use patio container for growing blueberries.
When planting the blueberries in a garden you need available area of two and a half feet in diameter and a foot deep for each plant. Dig a hole in the area and remove a third or a half of the soil and apply an even amount of pre-moistened peat moss and mix it well.
If you got raised beds, apply a composite of even amounts of peat moss and rind (make sure you are not using cedar or redwood), tripe or planting mix. For more recommendations and advises you can visit your local garden center.
2. Space the bushes for optimal growth
For solid undergrowth the space between the blueberry bushes needs to be 2-2.5 feet, or 6 feet for individual blueberry bush. If you intend to make rows, the space between them needs to be 8-10 feet.
The blueberry bushes are planting during spring or fall. In some parts of the world they can be planted in any time of the year.
If you bought containerized plants,gently pull out the bush from the contains, and then rough up the cortical layer of the roots.
Increase plant’s top topsoil for half an inch. Harden it well around the root ball, and at the end apply some soil up alongside the subjected root. At the end make sure you water it well.