Do you know that blueberries are miraculous for memory? Furthermore, they can also prevent memory loss. A study conducted in 2012 found that just one serving of fresh blueberries a week can slow down cognitive decline.

Other study that was conducted in 2013, with laboratory mice, found that blueberries protect your brain, because they can clear the toxic proteins that accumulate in the brain over time.

But, this isn’t all! In fact, you can grow blueberries in your garden. We offer six simple steps on how to grow your own blueberries.

1. Choose a nice spot for planting and prepare the soil

Blueberries enjoy the sun and appropriate drainage. Give your blueberry bushes well worked soil that is free of weed.

Give them enough water, because this plant grows the best when it is exposed to continuous moisture. Thus, need plenty of water for them.

Partially or improperly drained soil will not give you the desired results. You can try out raised beds. But, if you don’t have garden or you live in an apartment, you can use patio containers.

Give the blueberry sufficient space, with a diameter of about 2.5 feet, and a depth of one foot for each bush. First you need to dig a hole, and take about half the soil. Then, add an equal amount of peat moss (pre-moistened). Mix them good.

If you are planning to plant the bushes in raised bed, use equal quantities of rind and peat moss, planning mix or tripe. Avoid using redwood or cedar rind.

2. Give your blueberry bushes sufficient space

Separate the bushes by about 2.5 feet, or provide about 6 feet space for each bush. If you want to plant the blueberry bushes in rows, you should separate them by about 9 feet.

3. The process of planting

Fall and spring are the best seasons for planting. But, in some parts of the world, blueberry bushes can be planted in all seasons.

If you are using baby bushes, be careful when you pull the bush out. Then, roughen up the cortical layer of the root of the blueberry.

Add half an inch more of the planting soil than the topsoil. Harden it around the roots, and then add the rest of itl. Water the baby plant well.

4. Mulching

But, when it comes to sawdust, wreathes, grass clippings, rind mulch as well as acid tripe are the best for this. Blueberries have pretty shallow roots, meaning that wreathes are more than desirable.

Add around 3 inches of wreathe in order to preserve moisture, keep the weeds away, and give organic matter. Do this process once every year, and don’t forget – never use sawdust from redwood or cedar tree.

5. Pruning

Pruning will strengthen the bushes and will yield bigger fruits. When the bush begins growing, regularly prune it in order to make sure that it’s sufficiently strong to bare the fruits.

Clip off the flowers when they appear. Regular pruning will make the blueberry bushes healthy and strong.

Tricks for proper pruning:

• Eliminate any growth from the bottom of your blueberry bushes
• Clear every dead wood
• Cut off the discolored and short branches
• Clear around one half of the wood

6. Fertilization

Make sure to use only organic fertilizers. Cottonseed and blood meal give the best results. Manures can damage the bushes, so avoid them.