Blueberries are one of our favorite fruits, at least for most people. They are consumed raw, in smoothies, pies or simply squeezed in your juice.
Although they are tasty, they also offer numerous health benefits. Such as:
· They prevent blood cholesterol damage.
· Blueberries help the brain functions and prevent memory loss, due high antioxidant content.
· They are low in calories and rich in nutrients. One single cup provides 3.6 grams of dietary fiber. That’s 24% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C and 36% of Vitamin K.
· Studies have shown that blueberries lower cardiovascular risk factors and reduce blood pressure. It has been proven that 50 grams of blueberries for 8 weeks can lower 4-6% of the blood pressure.
· The large amounts of antioxidants slow down the aging process, prevents damage to the DNA and cancer. A study has shown that the daily consumption of blueberry juice lowered the effect of DNA damage by 20%.
Now you can learn how to grow unlimited amounts of these super-beneficial fruit at home.
Find The proper place
First, find your best place where there is most sunlight and make sure you arrange high-quality soil. If you have a large garden, the raised beds are perfect, as the water will run throughout the soil, giving the needed moisture. If you live in a flat, you should purchase a patio container.
The blueberries require at least 6 feet of space to expand naturally. If you decide to grow more, the bushes need to be at 2.5 to 3 feet distance in between.
The Planting Process
The best time to plant the blueberries is in spring or fall. Ruffle the roots with the hands, and put it in the soil, add more soil around them, and pat down the top soil layer. Because of the shallow-roots you need to water it well.
The best soil for the blueberries is acidic, with 5.0 pH value.
You can use sawdust, pine bark, rind mulch, acid trip or grass clipping. Place 2-4 wreaths to keep the moisture of the soil and to stop any weeds from growing.
Repeat this procedure once a year? Make sure you are not using rinds or sawdust from cedar or redwood tree.
Pruning is very important for the blueberry bushes. The reason for that is to avoid over-fruiting that can lead to small fruits. When blueberries begin to emerge, make sure your bush is strong enough before bearing any fruits. Detach most of the flower blooms when they are appearing. If you are pruning the bushes regularly, you will have stronger and healthier blueberry plant.
· Remove the low growths around the bottom of the bush
· Clear any dead wood
· Cut off short and discolored branches
· Clear 1/3 – 1/2 of the wood of the bush
It is recommended to use organic fertilizers; this way you will avoid damaging the bushes. For fertilization it is recommended to pick the early spring season when the leaves are breaking from dormancy, and once more after the process of pruning.
If treated properly the blueberries can produce for about 4-5 decades. Follow these tips and you will have a life supply of these incredible healthy fruits.
Source: Healthy Food House