Step 1: Choose Containers
Select large pots that are at least 12 inches in diameter and suit an area convenient for picking. Use acidic compost for blueberries and soil-based compost for other fruit bushes. These plants will require full sun.
Step 2: Go Shopping
Buy the following summer berries: one Blueberry ‘Patriot’, one Blueberry ‘Bluecrop’, one Blackberry ‘Loch Maree’, three Torenia plants and one Gooseberry ‘Hinnomaki Red’.
Step 3: Plant Berries
Select four large containers with drainage holes in their bases. Plant the gooseberry and blackberry in separate pots filled with soil-based compost. Be careful not to bury plants any deeper than they were planted in their original pots. Plant the blueberries in acidic compost. When there is no risk of frost, plant the Torenia around the fruit bushes. Keep pots well watered. Apply an all-purpose granular fertilizer in spring to the blackberries and gooseberries, and a slow-release fertilizer for acid-loving plants to the blueberries. Repot all fruit bushes every two years.
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The true tastes of summer, strawberries and blackberries are a real treat to pick fresh from the garden.