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Backyard Berries: How to Grow Your Own Berries

Backyard Berries: How to Grow Your Own Berries

Imagine walking outside and picking fruit from your garden to enjoy with your cereal in the morning. Blackberries, Strawberries, Blueberries and more can be grown very succsessfully in Illinois.

Have you thought about growing delicious berries in your own backyard? 

At our garden center, we seasonally stock a large variety of fruitful plants including the following:






Honeyberry, Gooseberry, Hardy Kiwi, Rhubarb & more

Which of the above are easy to grow? Or which varieties are best for your needs?  Choosing which fruit to grow may be the most difficult part! Consider what you and your family like to eat and start there. Next think about how you want to use the fruit. If you want to pick and eat versus canning, you may choose different varieties.

Here are some tips for choosing and growing strawberries, blueberries and more to grow in your garden.

  • Strawberries & Rasberries are referred to, or classified as, Everbearing or June Bearing. Everbearing bear fruit two or more times throughout the growing season, but offer smaller fruit. June Bearing have one early summer harvest of larger fruit.
  • Watermelon can be grown from seed or seedling but be prepared! These plants are very big and need a lot of space. This is not an option for container gardening. One smaller variety of watermelon is the Sugar Baby.
  • There are many options for growing fruits in containers. Try the new Brazelberry line of blueberries and raspberries including the... An option for container strawberries is Quinalt strawberry, an everbearing strawberry perfect for small spaces.
  • Grapes produce fruit on one year old canes. Pruning grape vines to remove old and weak canes will promote string and abundant fruit.
  • Yes, Kiwi do grow here! You will need a male and female kiwi plant for pollination. Grow the vines on a fence, arbor or trellis and be patient. They will produce a strong root system before they produce fruit.
  • Blueberries require rich, moist soil so plant with lots of peat moss. They are self-fruitful but produce larger fruit when you plant them with a pollinator. We recommend planting two different varieties for cross pollination.

If you would like to learn more about how to grow berries, consider joining us on April 14th at 10am. Heather will discuss all sorts of fruits and berries, along with sharing her own experiences and tips for growing these delicious plants.


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