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Guide to Growing Blueberries

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  • You can grow blueberries in nearly every climate as long as you are able to create an acidic soil environment needed for them to thrive; for best results, test your soil and adjust the pH before planting them
  • Because blueberries cross-pollinate, you will need to plant more than one bush; planting multiple varieties with varying maturity dates will ensure a continuous berry harvest during the growing season
  • Blueberries are rich in vitamins K1, C and B6 and are an excellent source of manganese and fiber
  • Blueberries are not only tasty, but also packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce your risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and vision loss
  • Homegrown blueberries are less expensive than organic store-bought types; by growing your own, you will also avoid the toxic pesticides commonly found on conventional blueberries

Blueberries are among my favorite foods, not only for their delicious taste, but also for their tremendous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Similar to other berries, blueberries are outstanding dietary sources of bioactive compounds, such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid, flavonols and resveratrol.

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