Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Homegrown Berries

Author: Timber Press
Genre:  Gardening

Five Stars
What says summer more than a bowl full of fresh blueberries, sweet strawberries, and perfectly ripe raspberries? How about a yard full of them? Homegrown Berries makes it easy to have tasty and beautiful berries in any home garden.
Homegrown Berries includes a primer on the basics of growing berries, with details on site selection, when and where to plant, soil preparation, sun requirements, disease prevention, pruning, and dealing with pests and wildlife. Incorporating berries into the garden is made easy with tips on using them in borders and containers, as well as hedges and fences. In addition to complete growing information for strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries, the book suggests cultivars for a variety of climates and situations.

This accessible guide will lead you down the proven path to a bountiful, berry-filled garden.

For anyone interested in growing their own berries, this nifty book will give them all the information they need.  Packed with photographs and illustrations, it also has a guide to the best regions for each type of fruit.  It lists the names of each type of berry (such as Sequoia or Tillamook for strawberry), where it grows best, and whether it can be used in a plant for edging, etc.
It even has illustrations of the root process, and layouts of how each berry should be planted.  There are listings for the problems that may occur and what to do to correct this, pests, diseases, choosing the right soil/area and even how to harvest the plants.  In the back there is a handy guide that notes which variety of each plant will grow best in each area of the country (United States).
In short, it is a comprehensive guide to anyone who already gardens or those who have never grown berries before and would like to begin.  Highly recommended.

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