Gardening can be another way to reduce your cost on food products and it’s very healthy for you as well. It gets you out of the house and outside in the sun! The sun actually contains vitamins which people are supposed to take in daily, but not too much of it at the same time. The vitamin in which sunlight contains is vitamin D. Gardens also require a lot of upkeep, so you won’t have a problem getting out daily and obtaining these vitamins. It’s also very educational and fun I believe.
Blueberries themselves actually have a lot of health benefits. They contain vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese. They have virtually no fat and only 80 calories per cup. Vitamin C keeps your gums and capillaries healthy, while fiber keeps your cholesterol level down, and the manganese is essential for the development of bones. They also contain antioxidants, these antioxidants are used to get rid of any molecules that aren’t stable. Unstable molecules can lead to diseases, such as cancer and even eventually Alzheimer’s disease.
So today I did some research about blueberries. Blueberries require very fine soil, the plant likes moisture, well drained soil mixture is preferred. One thing to keep in mind is how acidic your soil is. Blueberries really like a pH level of 4-5. This acid releases sulfur and zinc, which makes the blueberries thrive. The pH levels are on a scale of 1-14, 1 being the most acidic, and 14 being the least.
How to take a pH test:
1. Dig a hole a couple inches deep.
2. Remove any debris, such as twigs or rocks.
3. Fill the hole with water that is either bottled or distilled.
4. Put the test probe into the water (which is now more like mud), make sure the meter is clean and calibrated before you insert it.
5. Wait 60 seconds and take a reading.
6. Sometimes it’s good to repeat this test in different areas of the garden to make sure the entire area is good for the blueberry plant’s growth.
If the reading is 4-5, this is ideal for blueberries. If it’s too acidic (below 3), I would add peat moss around the base of the plant and cover it with mulch. If it’s not acidic enough, you can actually just plant the blueberries in the peat moss themselves.
This here is a meter I found, it’s Solar and at Ace Hardware. The cost is $13.99, check it out if you don’t already have a meter.