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How To Grow Your Own Blueberries

How To Grow Your Own Blueberries
How To Grow Your Own Blueberries. Image – Commonsensehome.com (with permission)

We’ve discovered an awesome tutorial for growing your own blueberries! The link follows after our introduction to the topic.

Blueberries are renowned for their health benefits – they are packed with phytonutrients yet the difference in flavor and quality between mass-produced and home grown can be tremendous! With home growing, not only do you have full control over what goes into the soil, you can be really sure that they are not sprayed with nasty chemicals – so you are doing your best for your family’s health. Plus you get the benefits of gardening, widely regarded as a far more healthful activity than driving to the grocery store… 😉 Not only that, but you can be sure that you really are getting actual blueberries. More on that later.

Blueberries are high in antioxidants. In 2006 the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry rated them as one of the top anthocyanin-rich foods (see our report on this, including the full list of anthocyanin rich foods at this link). Anthocyanins are a type of A flavonoid, and are responsible for the rich colors in red and purple fruit and vegetables.

Anthocyanins are now widely regarded to have amazing benefits to health. Laboratory evidence has suggested that they may be beneficial against cancer, inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, bacterial infections, age-related neurodegenerative disease and other neurological diseases.

The tutorial includes information about varieties to choose, soil types and preparation, fertilization, watering and protection against animals. Blueberries are popular with various creatures in addition to humanoids! So depending on your location you may well need to create a fenced, wired area to keep out deer, rabbits, birds and other blueberry munchers. However it should be regarded as a worthwhile investment, because blueberry bushes can provide fruit for many years.

Ok, here is the link to the full tutorial: How To Grow Your Own Blueberries

ps. One last tidbit – are you aware of the “fake blueberries” in some manufactured food products? Yes that’s right – some food products (i.e. certain brands of blueberry bagels) contain fake blueberries that are actually only sugars, oils and artificial colors derived from petrochemicals, containing no actual blueberry at all! Scary stuff but important to know – here’s the video:

How To Make Your Own Wonderfully Scented Mason Jar Oil Candle

How to Make Your Own Wonderfully Scented Mason Jar Oil CandleImage (with permission) – HerbsAndOilsWorld.com

I just love these Mason Jar Oil Lamps we just discovered! Not only can you use a variety of different oils, but they will be cheaper to run than regular candles – and by adding spices or a few drops of your favorite essential oils, you can create your own wonderful custom aromas that will fill the space with a golden vibe!

It’s yet another creative way to use the glorious Mason Jar. You could also use bigger jars if you want something really long lasting – and these oil lamps make great survival kit items – giving you an additional potential light/heat source in times of need. I imagine that pretty much any vegetable oil could be used – so it’s a good way to use up old vegetable oils that seem a little ‘past it’ or lower grade than you would like to use for the kitchen.

One thing that’s important – please be sure to follow similar safety procedures as when using ordinary candles: Don’t leave them unattended; place them on a safe, flat, stable burn-proof surface (a large earthenware plate or similar; be sure to place them somewhere they can’t get knocked over, our of the reach of children or pets – and last but not least, don’t leave them underneath / close to a curtain or other combustible materials. The heat from a candle flame can travel straight up a surprising distance if the air is still. These lamps should certainly be made and used with adult supervision.

We have a few other candle tutorials for those who want to check them out:
How To Make Your Own Insect Repellant Pure Beeswax Candles
How To Make Your Own Spa Quality Natural / Herbal Product Range

Oh and did you ever see our post about How To Make A Mason Jar Herb Garden?

Ok here’s the link to the full Mason Jar Oil Candle tutorial: http://msdawn.com/masonjarcandles/ Have fun! 🙂

How To Make A Mason Jar Herb Garden

How To Make A Mason Jar Herb GardenPhoto – Onegoodthingbyjillee.com (with permission)

Here’s a super fun ‘herbal project’ that we discovered and had to share – how to make your own Mason jar herb garden. This should be a great one for the kids to participate in also! The link to the full tutorial is at the end of my short “introduction”.

One of the great things about this project is that the entire garden is portable – meaning that you can put them on a windowsill, outdoors (in fine weather) or wherever. 🙂 The other good thing of course is that you can customize and plant all of your favorites. Imagine having the plants in a row on your windowsill, with fresh leaves just waiting to be picked, washed and added to your recipes.

Note that you will have to be careful with the amount that you water – because jars can dry out easily if neglected: Also, a jar has no drainage so you will not want to over-water; neither should you leave them out in the rain to get flooded.

If you want to learn all about herbs, we have fully detailed pages listing over 250, including many of the most popular. The index of these pages is here – https://www.herbs-info.com/list-of-herbs.html

We also have pages listing herbal remedies for over 50 ailments and parts of the body

Ok here is the link to the original “Mason Jar Herb Garden” tutorial: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/07/diy-mason-jar-herb-garden.html

Please let us know how you get on, on our Facebook page or in the comments. 🙂