Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Blue­ber­ries

They’ve long been deemed a ‘su­per­food’ full of an­tiox­i­dants and other ben­e­fi­cial prop­er­ties, but are astro­nom­i­cal to buy in the shops, which is one good rea­son why you might try grow­ing blue­ber­ries your­self.

The right soil type is es­sen­tial - blue­ber­ries need rich, fer­tile, acid soil with lots of added or­ganic mat­ter and can be planted in sun or dap­pled shade, prefer­ably in spring.

They also have a bet­ter chance if you add my­c­or­rhizal fungi (you can buy it in a sa­chet or tub) to the bot­tom of the plant­ing hole, sit­ting the root­ball on top so it is in di­rect con­tact with the pow­der, which will help plants to es­tab­lish. Blueberry bushes won’t need sup­port­ing, but should be spaced 1.5m apart when grown in open ground.

Wa­ter plants reg­u­larly while they are es­tab­lish­ing and keep them well wa­tered in a dry sum­mer.

Each spring feed them with a high ni­tro­gen feed like chicken ma­nure pel­lets and mulch heav­ily with well-rot­ted or­ganic mat­ter. If you want to grow them in pots, try com­pact va­ri­eties like ‘Top Hat’ and ‘Sun­shine Blue’.

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