Growing Huckleberries: A Challenge for the Home Gardener

If you have fond memories of traipsing into the wild to gather huckleberries, you're in good company. No one grows them commercially, unlike their cousins the blueberries; so short of finding an occasional package at a farmer's market, foraging is the only way most of us can acquire them.

However, it's possible to grow huckleberry bushes in the backyard garden, if you're careful. So in this article, I'll provide the 411 about the humble huckleberry.

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Interested in Adding Currants to Your Home Garden?

Growing Currants at Home

If you'd love to grow some currants in your garden, you've come to the right place. Currants have long been grown in the United States. The colonists used them for jams, pies and preserves and the traditions carry through to this very day. If you want to grow currants at home, here are some helpful tips.

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Winter Berries Aren't Just for Eating

Some Winter Berries Are to Make Gardens Look Great

When I talk about berries, I'm usually talking about the kind you can eat, jar, cook and can with. I would be remiss if I didn't say that some berries are useful even though they may not be edible. In fact, there are many winter berries that can't be eaten, but can sure make a dead winter garden come to life. Here are just a few examples.

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Troubleshooting Your Berry Growing Pitfalls

Berry Growing Tips to Navigate Common Pitfalls

Most berry plants are heralded as being relatively hardy and easy to grow for amateur gardeners, but those of us who have been berry growing for any period of time know that certain berry harvests are not as plentiful as they should be. If your berry plants aren't producing what they should, take some time to troubleshoot the possible causes of the reduced yield so that you can improve your crop the following season. Here are some common berry growing problems, and tips for overcoming them.

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Does The End Of Summer Mean The End Of Fresh Berries?

Enjoy Fresh Berries Into the Fall

Think fresh berries end in the summer? Those of you who know me (and those who read this blog) know that I'm dead-set on proving a well-planned garden will produce fresh berries long past the height of summer and well into the fall. Here are some plants you might want to consider adding to your garden if you want berry harvests well into the fall.

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Berries in Autumn: Continue Enjoying Summer Into the Fall!

Want to Enjoy Berries in Autumn?

Fresh berries may signify the beginning of summer, but a lack thereof need not signify the end of berries in Autumn. With varieties of berry plants that are bred to bear crops in the fall, you can continue to enjoy fresh berries well past the end of summer

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For All the Organic Berry Growing Fans Out There

Helpful Organic Berry Growing Tips

If you have your own garden where you want to grow organic berries you may need a few pointers regarding how to grow the best berries possible. The cultivation of berries is an art and not simply planting a seed in some soil and watering. These tips can help you master the art.

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Upside Down Berry Growing Is Making Waves

Why Upside Down Berry Growing Is The Wave of the Future

This past March I went to Disney World and took a ride on the "Living With the Land" ride where I saw what would be my first glimpse into upside down berry growing. It was awesome (the ride and the concepts it covered) and a week after I got home I saw a commercial for something called the Topsy Turvy -- an upside-down tomato growing pot. Then I saw they make one for strawberries and I bought it. My friends, I think my traditional berry growing days have become a thing of the past.

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For All of Those Who Are New to Growing Strawberries

Helpful Tips for Growing Strawberries This Season

For those of you who are new to growing strawberries, I have a pleasant surprise. Here's everything you need to know to get your new strawberry garden started successfully. If you're going to spend the time and money investing in a strawberry garden, you want to get off on the right foot. Here's some berry growing tips you can't be without...

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It's Time to Prune Those Blueberry Plants

Did You Know January Is The Best Month To Prune Your Blueberry Plants?

If you have established blueberry plants growing in your home garden, now is the time to start pruning. In case you didn't know, January is one of the best months to prune those plants so you can keep new growth coming in. If you don't prune now, you might not have as many blueberries as you should when July rolls around. If you want to get as many blueberries as possible from your blueberry plants, here are some tips to keep in mind.

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It's a Cranberries Time of Year!

Are You Ready to Harvest Your Cranberries?

October is right around the corner and anyone who knows anything about cranberries knows that's when the cranberry harvests begin. New to the world of cranberries? Wonder what it takes to grow and harvest them? Here's the 4-1-1 on growing cranberries at home.

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Growing Berries Isn't Just Summertime Fun

Growing Berries in the Winter

If you think berry growing ends when the warm months go away, you're in for a pleasant surprise. You can grow berries 365 days a year without taking a break should you want to. Here's some tips for those of you who, like me, don't want the berry growing fun to end.

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Ready For Fall-Bearing Berry Bushes?

Reap The Fall Berry Harvest

Many berry growers think that berry season winds down in the fall, but that doesn't have to be the case if you plan ahead and plant fall-bearing berry bushes. After all, those of us who love berries year round don't want the fun to end when summer fades away. If you want to extend your berry growing season, think about adding some of these fall varieties to your berry mix.

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Tomatoes are Berries Too

It's Not Too Late to Grow Tomatoes

If you haven't yet started a berry garden, it's not too late to begin growing this year. Many of us forget that tomatoes are berries too, and believe it or not, it's not too late in the year to establish a healthy tomato garden. Here are some tips that will help.

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Making Money With Your Berries

Can The Berries You Grow Make You Money?

It's already June and berries are in bloom -- can you believe it? Time sure does fly. But what are you going to do with all of the berries your garden produces this year? If you have enough of them, you might just be able to make some extra cash.

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Bonsai Berries: Growing Berries In Miniature

What In the World are Bonsai Berries?

A friend of mine has always had a passion for bonsai trees, but it wasn't until I saw one of her little beauties sprouting plums (yes, plums!) that my wheels started turning and I began thinking about bonsai berries. After all, if a bonsai tree can grow plums, perhaps berry trees grew in miniature and could sprout little bonsai berries. After all, stranger things have happened. Boy, was I in for a treat.

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Are There Holes in Your Strawberries?

Why Some Berry Growers Find Holes in Their Strawberries

So, you take excellent care of your strawberry plants, perhaps even go as far as growing them on elevated platforms to prevent pest infestations from hurting your strawberries. You don't see any pests at all. Why is it, then, that you see little tiny holes on all of your new strawberry plants? The answer may surprise you.

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Natural Pest Control For Your Berries

Protect Your Berries With Natural Pest Control Methods

When it comes to berry growing, pests can really take a bite out of your crop. Fortunately, you can take measures that will protect your berries without exposing them to harsh substances and harmful chemicals. These natural pest control methods will help you keep your berries safe without any nasty side effects.

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Are You Growing Organic Berries?

Growing Organic Berries at Home

If you’ve been enjoying growing berries at home, you’re probably well versed in the how-to aspects of berry growing and may be interested in taking your knowledge to a whole new level. If you want to learn more about berry growing and what criteria need to be met to determine if berries are organic, read on...

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Vacationing and Growing Berries Indoors

If You Grow Berries Indoors, Make Plans for When You Are Traveling

With the holidays approaching, you have special considerations to take into account if you are growing berries indoors. The amount of preparations you will need to make during the holiday season for your berries depends on how long you will be out of town. Growing berries indoors, despite its occasional challenges, has probably been going very smoothly for you up to this point. When you are growing berries indoors and plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, you will need to make special plans.

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Utilize Your Indoor Berry Growing Expertise

You Can Prepare Outdoor Plants at the Same Time as Your Indoor Berry Growing

You might be slowly getting fond of your indoor berry growing. In the summer months when you are very busy with outdoor gardening, you might not have time for growing berries. The wintertime is a perfect time for indoor berry growing, and you can grow luscious and tasty strawberries. It’s a good idea to take full advantage of your indoor berry growing knowledge.

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What Does Composting Have to do with Growing Berries Indoors?

Helpful Advice for Those Who Love Growing Berries Indoors

If you’re a veteran outdoor gardener in addition to growing berries indoors, you are probably already familiar with composting. However, if you are new to gardening and you began your efforts with indoor berry growing, then you might need some further information about composting.

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Indoor Berry Growing In Winter

You Don’t Have to Give up Fresh Berries during the Winter!

Indoor berry growing might be the perfect solution if you’re hesitant to give up berry growing when winter begins approaching. If you cringe at the thought of waiting another year before growing berries again, you may be happy to know that you can successfully grow berries during the winter months too. It’s just a matter of knowing how to do it.

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Can Freezing Water Protect Your Berry Plants From Frost?

Learn How Water Can Protect Your Berry Plants from Frost

Did you know you can actually protect your berry plants from frost in the cold months ahead by using water? The concept might seem confusing at first, but the science behind it is really not that complicated. Who knew that using freezing water could protect your berry plants from frost? If you are a home gardener who grows berries in colder climates, you really should read on...

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Fall Berry Growing for the Home Gardener

Berry Growing Is Definitely “Berry” Fun!

If you thought fall was just for apple picking and pumpkin harvests, try berry growing. Berry growing can be the perfect match for the home gardener, and it’s not just for spring!

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Container Gardening Indoors and Outdoors

5 reasons that container gardening is perfect for growing berries

Container gardening is a preferred gardening technique for many. In recent years, container gardening has grown in popularity.

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What Kind of Greenhouse is Best for Berries?

5 tips for choosing a greenhouse

Greenhouse shopping can be fun or stressful depending on how you approach it. If you know just what you’re looking for before you try to buy a greenhouse you’ll be much better off.

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How to Choose the Best Blackberry Bushes

Important things to consider when buying blackberry bushes

Blackberry bushes can be purchased from a nursery or from an online provider. Blackberry bushes grow all over the world and produce wonderful blackberries that can be used for jelly, jam, baked goods and can even be eaten fresh from the berry garden.

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Using a Mini Greenhouse to Grow Berries

With a mini greenhouse you really can grow berries wherever you live!

A mini greenhouse is rather inexpensive, and using one, you can grow berries regardless of where you live!

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There Are Many Benefits of Eating Blueberries

The amazing health benefits of eating blueberries

There are many benefits of eating blueberries. Of course they are delicious, but there are also health benefits of eating blueberries.

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