It’s Berry Fun!

March 26, 2012 in Fruits , Gardening     1 comment

It is berry fun to grow your own fruits and veggies.

It is even more fun when someone else does all the dirty work, and you get to reap the rewards!!

At the end of September, we planted strawberries and they are finally starting to grow and ripen.

I honestly have not even tasted one yet, since Avery manages to eat them all as fast as she picks them!

In other hoarder news, we have been buying organic strawberries while they are on sale,

and washing and freezing them for when they are no longer in season.

(The blueberries are still left from last season)

And in closing, we have a final shot of our master gardener and chief hoarder!

Last Saturday at the Farmer’s Market, Renee had the most delicious figs and I could not resist buying a pound to munch on.

(Photo by Avery)

We ate a bunch of them right that moment, but that night I decided to spruce them up a bit!

Baked Figs

• Figs

• Goat cheese

• EVOO

• Honey

Cut figs in half, apply goat cheese,  sprinkle a little EVOO on top, bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with honey.  (We added a sprinkle of cayenne pepper at the end, which was really good!)

I could have made them more photogenic, but we were ready to dive in and I could not be bothered to apply the goat cheese in a more photogenic manner!

On the other hand, don’t you think Shane makes an excellent hand model?!

Our blueberry bushes are doing awesome!

Not only are they delicious, fun to eat, and nutritious, but they are also easily picked by the little people.

There is something strangely gratifying about being able to send the kids outdoors each morning to pick fresh fruit for their lunch!

Because I try to eat as little sugar as possible, I only eat certain fruits in small servings.

Blueberries happen to have a low glycemic load and tons of health benefits,

but they also happen to be super expensive when you buy the organic ones at the store.

Having them handy at home to grab a handful is so awesome!

Lately, we have had so many, that I have taken to freezing them for the winter when less fresh fruit is available. I just wash them, let them dry and throw them in a ziploc bag.

I am sure there are fancier ways, but I’m guessing ours will not stay in the freezer long once the fresh ones are gone.

 

Let’s do a little Blueberry Bush Q and A with Shane!

How many blueberry bushes did you plant? 10

Do they need to be planted near each other? Yes, within 10 feet and they need to be of different varieties to cross pollinate.

What varieties did you plant? Premier, Powder Blue, Bluebelle, Alpaha, Rabbiteye, Gulf Coast, Emerald, and Camellia

Will they keep going year after year? Yes, keep fruiting and keep growing. Could reach heights of 8-10 feet

Do you fertilize them? Yes, twice a year with organic fertilizer and spray them through the summer months with organic Neem Oil

How much do they produce? About two pints per bush in the first year, easily.

How much was each bush? Approximately $10-12 each

Where did you buy them? Just Fruits and Exotics in Crawfordville, Florida

 

Go forth and plant blueberries!