Decades ago, it wasn’t uncommon for homeowners to harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs on their land to help sustain their families throughout the year. Modern families, on the other hand, seem to juggle each week trying to find time outside of work to focus on hobbies and extracurricular activities. Even the very thought of growing food in the garden can seem like a daunting task. Within the last few years, however, edible landscaping has come back into the spotlight as homeowners are realizing how easy, inexpensive and healthy it can be to incorporate food-producing plants into a decorative garden setting.
With their ornamental beauty and delicious fruit, Blueberry plants are great shrubs to start an edible landscape. In the springtime, the magnificent plants offer blooms that brighten up the garden before the bountiful harvest of fruit in early summer. Some blueberry varieties have the added benefit of attractive fall foliage for unique winter interest in an otherwise drab time of year. Blueberries are also well known for containing a high amount of antioxidants such as Vitamins C & E that can counteract disease and aging in the body. Not only are they delicious, but they are also considered a super fruit for helping to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Typically, blueberry shrubs require more than one plant in order to produce fruit. To help guarantee a large amount of fruit on the shrub, seek out selections such as Blue Suede® blueberry that are self-pollinating. The unique trait allows the bush to produce fruit on its own. It is a fantastic choice when considering an edible container to place on the patio or near the front door. The blueberry bush makes a perfect ‘thriller’ plant for vertical height in a colorful pot. It can be easily combined with beautiful herbs such as creeping rosemary, sage, thyme & parsley to fill in the container and flow over the side for added dimension. You can also consider adding small vegetable plants to the container in the summer or leafy vegetables in the fall.
Once the blueberries are ready to be picked, consider storing them in the freezer until they are ready to use. Place the picked blueberries on a cookie sheet and spread them evenly before putting them in the freezer for a few hours to harden. After the blueberries are frozen, transfer them to a Ziploc bag and place back in the freezer for future use.
It’s easier than you think to get started on an edible landscape. Start experimenting and have fun with it. You never know when you might just need some blueberries on hand to whip up a quick cobbler for unexpected company!
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