Raspberries, blueberries, wild strawberries, currants, gooseberries, blackberries, mulberries… are now an integral part of many Italian gardens. We have been on the market for some time now berries highly productive that guarantee us to cultivate them even in the home garden. Berries are found in fruit salads, jams, pies, desserts.
They are rich in vitamin C, fiber and mineral salts; for this reason they are considered super foods. Here, for example, is a recipe that includes the presence of these precious fruits "How to make muffins with berries"
Why not try your hand at the cultivation of these precious fruits? Grow the berries it does not require complex cultivation practices; obviously just follow some precautions that we will illustrate below.
How to grow berries, some useful information
Berries are suitable for cultivation both in the garden and in the home orchard. All kinds of berries they tolerate frost well but are also quite sensitive to dryness and heat, so they need to live in fresh soil, with the possibility of regular irrigation.
In addition, wild berries are plants that are not subject to pest attacks, and are therefore suitable for organic and natural types of cultivation, free of chemical agents.
They should be planted in a slightly sunny place or in partial shade, sheltered from cold winds, making sure that the soil is covered with a layer of mulch. In this regard, they are well suited: leaves, low plants or chopped bark.
The seedlings should be placed on the edge because their size is consistent with respect to vegetables and they are excellent as border hedges. Do not forget that the planting of these fruits can last up to 10 years or more!
At the time of planting, choose the most suitable place for their growth, then prepare the earth, adding leaves and peat if the soil is too heavy, adding compost, but above all a lot of manure if the soil is too light.
In particular for the blueberry, but also for the raspberry and the currant it is necessary to acidify all the soil that will be explored by the roots. For this it will be useful to bury together with the manure, needles and bark, shavings, drying and leaves, to bring the pH value of the soil around 4.5 - 5.5.
Most of the berries such as strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are divided into three different species of reproduction: early, semi-early or late.
It is also important to know that since berries have rooting stolons, the multiplication method is very simple. In fact, to obtain new seeds it is sufficient to keep the stolons in a nursery in the winter months and when they germinate and reach five or six centimeters, they can be connected directly to the home.
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