If you’re serious about nutrition when the SHTF, then you have most likely considered starting and maintaining your own garden. How else are you going to be able to be assured about the quality of your food, that it’s free of harmful chemicals, that it isn’t actually poisonous due to contaminants? And, presumably, you want to make sure that it is as nutritious as possible.
So, if this is you, there is a good chance that you have, at least, considered growing blueberries in your survival garden for their health properties. Why? Because blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and compounds found in blueberries have been linked to decreased “risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality.” And they taste good, too. What more reason do you need?
The problem is that blueberries aren’t known for being easy to grow. Fortunately, though, it may not be as hard as you think. A writer going by the name of Julie C writes,
[I]f you have the right growing conditions, they’re no more difficult than other fruits and vegetables. To grow blueberries, you need a soil pH between 4.6 and 5.5. Most of the East Coast, the South, and the Pacific Northwest have acidic soil, but if you live elsewhere, soil pH can be a challenge.
Blueberries need moist but well-draining soil. They don’t tolerate heavy soils that stay soggy. They also do best with some humidity. In dry, windy areas, they tend to dry out in the winter and suffer bud damage. Blueberries grow best in full sun to partial shade. In the north, they should be planted in an area that gets six to eight hours of sunlight daily. In warm, southern regions, they can take partial shade. An area that gets four to six hours of sunlight is fine.
Beyond the soil conditions, you’ll want to choose a variety which favors your climate as there are varieties which prefer colder weather and varieties that prefer warmer weather. Also, it’s recommended to plant only in spring or in fall, though you can plant during summer months as well.
All-in-all, with a little pre-planning and care, you, too, can grow blueberries in your garden and have them available with all of their health benefits even when the world is in a disaster situation.