Blueberries are very tasty and extra healthy fruit. If you want to buy blueberries from organic markets, they are very expensive and it is much easier to grow them on your own. They offer many health benefits such as:
- High essential nutrients, low calories
One cup of blueberries can give you about 3.6 grams of dietary fiber, 36% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin K and 24% of Vitamin C.
Blueberries contain lots of antioxidants which are used to prevent cell damage and premature aging. Antioxidants can help you treat and prevent cancer. By drinking blueberry juice, you can decrease the DNA damage by 20%.
- Can prevent blood cholesterol damage
- Lowers blood pressure
Experts conducted a study that shows that you can get a 4-6% reduced blood pressure by eating a 50-gram portion of blueberries for every day in 8 weeks.
- Optimize brain function and memory
Tips on growing your blueberries:
the right spot
Blueberries need a lot of sunlight and rich soil in order to grow. They need both the sun and the soil for the process of photosynthesis. You should plant the blueberries in raised beds. For the people who live in apartments, you can plant them in patio containers. You can get yourself a dwarf plant which grows 2 feet tall.
room to grow
One blueberry bush requires 6 feet of space to grow. If you are planning to grow more than one bush, make sure they’re separated by 2.5-3 feet in between.
The blueberries should be planted in spring and harvested in July or August.
For mulching, the sawdust is great for the blueberries. They can also use rind mulch, pine bark, and grass clippings. You will require 2-4 inches of them.
Remove the dry bits and prune the big bushes in order to strengthen the branches. Branches near the root should also be removed.
Organic fertilizers can damage the plant, unlike inorganic ones. However, you can use blood meal or cottonseed.