Archive for February, 2010

Blueberries Need Acidic Soil to Grow

February 26, 2010

Blueberries need acidic soil to grow. Your soil can be tested for acidic levels at a soil testing lab. We will have information on our Web site we’re building to soil testing labs in each state. Stay tuned! In the meantime, read the article linked here for more information.

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How to Grow Blueberries in Your Home Garden

February 25, 2010

Blueberries are a wonderful fruit to add to any diet. These little berries are low in sodium and calories, they have no cholesterol, and they are an excellent source of fiber. If you’re looking for ways on how to grow blueberries in your home garden, read this article for a few tips that can help you out.

Enjoy Blueberries

February 24, 2010

Blueberries are nature’s No. 1 source of antioxidants among more than 50 fresh fruits and vegetables tested by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.

The deep blue color of blueberries is from pigments, called anthocyanins that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that protect cells against damage by free radicals that form in the body. Uncontrolled free radical formation can cause cell damage that may lead to cancer, heart disease, inflammation and other health problems.

Blueberries are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. One-half cup of blueberries has only 42 calories.

Blueberries are well-adapted to many areas in the Southern United States. The rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei), so called because of the pink color of the berry as it ripens, is the species most successfully grown in the South. Breeding programs throughout the Southeastern United States have developed a number of highly productive varieties that produce large, juicy, aromatic berries with flavor comparable to that of berries grown in the traditional blueberry sections of the United States. More and more people are enthusiastically planting blueberry bushes, not only for home use, but for profit.

North Carolina Cattle Farmer Turns to Blueberries

February 22, 2010

Van Burnette is the seventh generation of his family to farm. With the help of a WNC AgOptions Grant through the North Carolina Tobacco Trust fund, he was able to transition his cattle farm to blueberry and hop production in 2009. He is currently working to add more sustainable agricultural practices to the farm. Follow his story at:
http://hopnblueberryfarm.blogspot.com/

All About Blueberries

February 9, 2010

This blog is set up by the LSU AgCenter in conjunction with Mississippi State University, Auburn University, the University of Georgia, North Carolina State University, the USDA, as well as various blueberry producers. Follow this blog for the latest information in blueberry production!