BLUEBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES, ELDERBERRIES AND CURRANTS
Our plants arrive bare root in March. We pot them up, then keep them cool in the tunnel until thier new feeder roots are established. When they start to grow, they go outside to continue acclimating to our climate. This process assures healthy, happy plants that are ready to plant in your garden. Scroll down to see what we offer this year
Blueberry bushes not only provide fresh fruit, but are also lovely in the landscape. Even their winter wood is attractive. They do quite nicely with other shrubs that like acid soil. Their shallow roots must be mulched, and humus-rich soil is best. (incorporate peat moss and compost). Acidify soil with blueberry food or sulfur. Plant more than one variety for best fruiting.
There's nothing better than fresh raspberries on your morning cereal or snacking as you pick. They freeze beautifully and make wonderful additions to smoothies in the winter. Raspberry jam is the best!
Raspberries are reliably hardy in our climate. There are two types, July bearing, that bloom on last year's wood, and everbearing, that bear on primocanes (the new canes that grow up in the summer). We have both types in red, and a great everbearing yellow. When you plant your patch, remember that they will spread rapidly so give them room. Add plenty of organic nutrients, especially bone meal or other phosphorus source to encourage fruiting.
Pruning raspberries: Regular, July fruiting, plants bear on canes that grew the previous summer. After they bear, the canes are cut to the ground. This is easiest in fall when the leaves fall. Remove any spindly growth and cut them back to 5 feet to encourage lateral growth in spring. Everbearing varieties produce on new canes in fall, then again next July on the same canes. Tip back the canes but don't cut them out until after they bear again in July.
We offer two varieties of everbearing strawberries. They will produce a fall crop the first year and successive crops over the summer in following years. Plant them in good soil about a foot apart. Water deeply to encourage good roots. Amend planting soil with compost, manure and organic fertilizer. Bone meal or rock phosphate will foster good fruit production. Keep berries picked; don't allow any rotten ones to remain. Plants may last up to five years if they don't get too crowded. Try to clip runners to keep them from filling in too much. We offer plants in bare root bunches or 3.5" pots. They sell out fast!
Elderberries are good for you-high in antioxidants and are anti-viral immune boosters. These cultivars have larger, darker berries than the native elderberries. It's fun to grow them in your garden! They need average water and fertilizer. Cut old stems out to promote new growth.