Bushel and Berry Recommends Growing Berries for Mind, Body and Yard

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Homegrown berries are easy to grow and loaded with health benefits

Baby Cakes thornless blackberry is perfect with households with children with tiny hands.

While you can purchase blueberries at the grocery store, it’s relatively simple to plant your own and enjoy their many benefits season after season.

Those looking to improve their mind, body and soul need not look any further than their own patio or yard. Homegrown berrie s from the Bushel and Berry collection are nutritional powerhouses. They are low in fat and have high concentrations of antioxidants, which help protect our bodies from the damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.

“While you can purchase blueberries at the grocery store, it’s relatively simple to plant your own and enjoy their many benefits season after season,” says Layci Gragnani, product manager for the Bushel and Berry collection.

All berries are loaded with fiber, a nutrient important for a healthy digestive system and one that may also help control blood sugar. Berries may even help manage diabetes. Blueberries, for instance, have a low glycemic index, meaning that they’re less likely to cause blood sugar spikes compared to other carbohydrate foods. Just one serving of blueberries contains almost 25 percent of the daily recommended requirement of Vitamin C.

The antioxidants found in blueberries and blackberries, called anthocyanins, may even help keep one’s memory sharp. And raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties.

For a nutritional packed punch right at your fingertips, add a trio of berry bushes to your garden that includes blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. The easy-to-grow Bushel and Berry collection includes compact-sized plants that offer exquisite beauty and lots of flavor. Small space gardeners can plant these plants in containers for an element that is just as functional as it is beautiful and edible to patios or balconies.

Plus, the benefits of gardening are endless in themselves. Caring for berry bushes and plants encourages outdoor activity and helps to reduce stress levels, which can help prevent a number of lifestyle diseases including diabetes and obesity.

Top Berry Bushes to Plant

Add all three berries to your yard or patio for fresh harvests with essential health benefits.
Baby Cakes, a thornless and easy-to-grow blackberry bush, grows to be about 3-4 feet tall. It’s perfect even for households with children with tiny hands. In most regions, Baby Cakes will produce sweet berries twice in one season. This plant is just as decorative as its fruits are edible — add it to your patio or entryway in a container to brighten up your outdoor space. Grow in full sun in zones 4-8.

Raspberry Shortcake is a revolutionary thornless dwarf raspberry that grows to be 2-3 feet tall. It produces mid-summer fruit that has a sweet, traditional raspberry flavor. Raspberry Shortcake is compact, with a rounded growth habit and thrives in a patio pot or in the landscape. Perfect for children and adults, this carefree nutritious raspberry requires no staking or big garden spaces. Grow in full sun in zones 3-9.

Pink Icing blueberry is a four-season showstopper that grows 3-4 feet tall. Spring brings a lovely new foliage color that has varying shades of pink mixed with blue and deeper greens. In winter, Pink Icing’s foliage takes on a stunning iridescent turquoise blue foliage hue. Perfect for small spaces on patios or decks, Pink Icing has a slightly spreading habit. Enjoy its large, sweet berries during mid-summer. Grow in full sun in zones 5-10.

Bushel and Berry is a collection of easy to grow, exceptionally beautiful and delicious berry plants for the home garden. With 7 stunning and easy-to-care-for varieties to choose from, this collection is revolutionizing the way we bring food to the table. Learn more by visiting http://www.BushelAndBerry.com.

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