Blueberries are one of the easiest and rewarding fruits to grow in your garden. Blueberry bushes look great in your landscape. Blueberries are so good for you, and tasty. In a previous post, Feed Your Blueberry Bushes Coffee Grinds I write about my blueberry bushes.
A recap on blueberry basics. Blueberries like sun, water, and good drainage. They do best with two different varieties planted near each other. Grow blueberries that are best for your climate. Some of the varieties that do well in Southern California are O'Neal, Misty, and Sunshine. They are acid-loving plants that thrive with added cottonseed meal, or like I do, coffee grinds to their soil at regular intervals. It is easier in Southern California to grow blueberry bushes in wine half barrels. Grow varieties with different harvests times for a longer blueberry season. Harvest your blueberries when they turn blue, and are sweet to your taste. Blueberries are so good for you, full of antioxidants. Blueberries can be used in sweets and savories.
I have the biggest thrill harvesting my blueberries from "bush to table." My blueberries are such a treat. I use them in many ways, but one of my favorites is to make weekend Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. I found Martha Stewart's recipe years ago, and it is hard to beat, Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. Enjoy!
Please share if you grow blueberries. Please share your favorite recipe using your home-grown blueberries.
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