- 5 thornless blackberries
- 6 grape vines
- 3 fig trees
- 2 apple trees
- 1 pear tree
- 1 peach tree
- 1 persimmon tree
- 1 cherry tree
- 3 raised garden beds (4x12 each) where we grow veggies most of the year
Grow Your Own Harvest for Healthy Snacks
At the moment, there are about 47 blueberry plants lining their driveway. They planted these three years ago when only about a foot high. This year the shrubs are three and four feet tall and covered with blueberries. There are clusters of blueberries on some of the branches so large just one cluster would fill a cup!
DID YOU KNOW? A study by The University Of Michigan Cardiovascular Center found that blueberries may help reduce belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
If you have some land around your house, you might consider growing blueberries. In most areas they are easy to grow, require little maintenance, have few pests, and are so rewarding. If you can’t grow them perhaps you can go to a u-pick blueberry farm, pick your own, (which is lots of fun for a family outing), and then bring them home (what you don’t eat while picking), and freeze them for later enjoyment.
Frozen Blueberries for Snacking
What does one do with so many blueberries? If you also grow your own food, you probably know the answer: Freeze them! Fruit like blueberries will keep frozen until next season!
Place one cup of them in each of your morning green smoothies. But in addition to using them in smoothies, frozen blueberries make an absolutely delicious and highly nutritious snacking food on a hot summer day.