Blueberries are sometimes referred to as nature’s candy, with a juicy, sweet flavor few can resist. But there’s really no reason to try and resist them, as this fruit is among some of the healthiest foods you can eat.
These purple berries offer long-life health benefits that far exceed their tiny size, thanks to being packed with antioxidants that help boost the immune system, and guard against cancer and heart disease. They’re rich in proanthocyanidin, something that’s been shown to aid in weight loss, fight cancer and help one to enjoy younger looking skin. Blueberries are also a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, manganese, and potassium.
Why wouldn’t you want to grow buckets full of blueberries with all that nutrition and flavorful taste too? Eat them right off the bush, add them to plain yogurt or use them in smoothies and baking.
Of course, you probably just want to know how you can grow your own, right?
The good news is that blueberries are long-lived, dependable, and some of the easiest fruit to grow organically. Certain species are native to particular regions of North America, but some type of blueberry bush can be grown just about anywhere, provided you have acidic soil with a pH below 5.0. They can also be grown in containers filled with a bark-based, acidic planting mix.
Here’s what else you need to know in order to reap those buckets of berries.