Berry Plants

 The Advantages Of Planting Berry Bushes

Berry bushes are a fantastic addition to any garden space. These plants peak in the summer months, just in time for delicious summer berry recipes. Berry bushes are one of the most fulfilling plants to incorporate in a garden; apart from the obvious benefit of providing tasty fruit to snack on in the garden, are also far more accessible to pick than vegetables or herbs. This makes berry picking an enjoyable summer family activity. Berries have a myriad of health benefits. They are an antioxidant-rich food, which means they aid the body in fighting various diseases and can significantly benefit overall health and longevity. The high tannin content in berries also provides an antiseptic effect, which tightens bodily tissues and, to some extent, cleanses the blood. The anti-inflammatory effects of berries fight diarrhea and a whole host of other inflammation-related ailments. Some berries, like blackberries, can be used to treat mild bodily infections such as sore throats. Blueberry bushes are a gorgeous addition to a fall landscape even before any of the fruit is available. They have green, bright foliage which changes to bright, cheery shades of red and yellow in the fall. In addition to their aesthetics, berry bushes are a relatively low-maintenance plant. Other than the requirement for a specific soil acidity, berry bushes usually only need mild pruning. Pruning is used to remove dead wood and maintain the shape of the bush. Pruning also stimulates new shoot growth. Pruning should be performed annually on many berry bushes. Many berry bushes, like blueberry bushes, grow very slowly. Blueberry bushes mature in the range of about ten years, and it takes them about two or three years to begin to bear large amounts of fruit. This is a benefit, as they are a hardy and long-lasting plant, which, once invested in, provide many years of benefits.