Grow berries

Grow berries

That of small fruits is a cultivation that can really give a lot of satisfaction: a freshly picked strawberry, blueberry or raspberry has a different flavor from those that you buy at a high price at the supermarket.

All the patience required by the cultivation and harvesting of berries is therefore rewarded and it is also possible to do an income business. The beauty of small fruits is that they are often satisfied with half-shade positions, since they are plants made to stay in the undergrowth, so they are perfect for using less used spaces in the garden.

Small fruit cultivation cards

Raspberries

Blueberries

Strawberries

Blackberries (bramble)

Aronia

Red currant

Goji

Alchechengi

Soon you will also find here the guides to grow other small fruits, such as goji berries, wild strawberries, gooseberries, white currants and black currants.

Cultivation technique

The soil suitable for growing wild berries is generally acidic, with a pH between 4 and 5.5, and must generally be draining, since water stagnations favor pathologies. Generally they are plants that require a fairly humid soil and are satisfied with not very sunny positions.

Many of the small fruits are perennial plants, usually shrubs that produce starting from the second year after planting, with the exception of the strawberry which is annual, but replicates from year to year with its runners.

To get into the detail of the cultivation of each small fruit, refer to the cultivation sheets linked above, since each plant has different characteristics and requires different precautions.

Why grow berries

There are several characteristics that make the cultivation of small fruits particularly interesting both for those who have a professional farm and want to make an income, and for those who have a vegetable garden and cultivate for self-consumption.

For the hobbyist it is very positive that the bushes of these fruits are generally pleasing to the eye, so they are suitable plants to adorn the garden and not just the vegetable garden. It is also worth remembering that some shrubs such as currants lend themselves to forming dividing hedges.

The cultivation of small fruits is also very suitable for gardening with children, who are greedy for sweet berries that can then be harvested. So putting some strawberry or raspberry plants is a good way to introduce the little ones to agriculture.

Another important feature is that many of these small fruits are satisfied with partial shade positions and this makes them suitable for exploiting areas otherwise not very usable.

On the other hand, those who think about setting up an income crop can count on the fact that the price of berries is generally quite high, and it is a market in which there is a lot of space for organic and quality productions. For this reason the cultivation of small fruits is considered as one of the possible expanding agricultural activities, even if we must not forget that it requires a lot of work and patience, especially during the harvesting phase.

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