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Friday, July 24, 2015

Ideas for the Home Garden - Creating a Berry Patch

This week's mini infographic garden idea sheet is about selecting berry plants for your garden. Is there anything tastier than a freshly picked berry? Yum! They yield much faster than fruit trees, which make they a great garden addition even if you you tend to move around a lot.  I know that someone else will enjoy the best of my fruit trees, but at least there will be berries this year!

In selecting the right berries for your garden, I think the best place to start your wish list is with what you like to eat. No point in putting a whole bunch of money, effort, care, and time into something you are going to let wither on the bushes (although the wildlife would thank you all the same!) when you can put it into growing your favourites. From your dream wish list, the practicalities of space, climate, etc. will help you select which of your wish list you can try growing in your garden. Here are some tips:

FUN FACT: Did you know that, from a botanical perspective, boysenberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries aren't actually berries at all? True berries are simple fruits from one flower with one ovary (the fleshy fruity part) containing seed(s), but these "berries" make multiple seed bearing ovaries from one flower. Botanically, this makes them accessory fruits (strawberry) or aggregate fruits (clumping "berries" like the raspberry). This also means that fruits like oranges, kumquats, tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkins, bananas, grapes, and avocados are technically berries. Oh the crazy things that I have learned while planning my gardens!

We have already planted some berries in our garden, and I am working on the final selections for the rest of the garden now (winter planting in our part of the world). Do you have a favourite variety to suggest? We would love your inputs - please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page.  I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows.

Looking for more berry patch planning ideas and inspiration?  Want to go deeper on your favourite edibles? Looking for local growing tips for your part of the world? Check out these ideas (and more) from Amazon:

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