As The Trowel Turns…

Berry Season…

It will be here before you know it.  Are you prepared?  Do you already have your berry plants in the ground yet?

A few years ago I went a little crazy and  planted 150 strawberry plants, a dozen blueberry bushes and about 100 raspberry canes…  And I’m so glad I did. Not only are they super easy to grow…  but I like to freeze our excess berries and enjoy yummy desserts and berry smoothies all winter long at a fraction of the cost.

Plus… (and I think this is the best part) since the berries ripen in the summer…you can get the kids to pick the berries for you 🙂

If you’re new to berry growing… and don’t know where to start… below you can find two of my favorite books on the subject. Happy planting!

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden


Landscaping With Fruit: Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise.



  • Jaime

    Just want to say that in Idaho, blueberries don’t do so well, they need soil with acid. We have tried them here, and ended up putting them in pots so we can control the soil better. Not much luck, need to try some different kind, we had maybe a couple small bowl of berries one year. Anyone else know a good brand for Idaho?

  • Char

    I love landscaping with edibles. I planted some arctic kiwi along our cyclone fence and it seems to be doing well. Although the slugs got to the fruit last year before I did 🙁 I’ll have to go get the landscaping with fruit book you have listed Mavis. I have raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, grapes and blueberries in a corner of my garden in the back. I also put in a peach, pear and combo plum trees this year 🙂

    But until I make it to Hastings or the library does anyone have ideas for edibles that will do well in total shade? I have a north facing house with hostas and other shade lovers in the flower beds along the front but would prefer to go edible. I’m in Spokane (zone 5 with sandy loam soil if that matters) and have been struggling to come up with ideas.

    • Jaime

      all kinds if greens do great in cool weather, try spinach, maybe kale or collard greens, and I love swiss chard, in green or muliti color, it is very pretty and can be grown in pots.

  • SesameStreet

    I wouldn’t have any berries left to freeze if I sent the kids out to pick them.

  • sue

    I live in south Meridian & have some rasp starts if anyone lives close by & wants to come get some

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