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Going Green. . . . . . . Fruits and Berries

Transplanting with fiber pots (biodegradable containers)
 • 1) Dig a hole two times as deep and as wide as the pot.
 • 2) Backfill the hole with soil, setting the plant two inches higher than surrounding soil, but
        ensure the plant is not deeper than the original soil line. In spring or fall if soils are
        acidic (ph 5), calcium deficiency or moss.
 • 3) Remove pot bottom, slit sides and tear off rim.
 • 4) Fill the hole with Dr. Earth Compost or planting mix and starter fertilizer
        (see directions on the bag), pack firmly making a basin around the plant for watering.
 • 5) Water thoroughly, filling the basin

How to plant "bare root"
 • 1) Dig a hole twice the size of the root structure. Mix soil from the hole with an equal
        amount of Dr. Earth planting mix or compost.
 • 2) Put soil mixture into the bottom of the hole making a mound high enough to allow the
        plant to site at ground level.
 • 3) Sprinkle Dr. Earth starter fertilizer on top of mound and scratch into soil.
 • 4) Prune roots if needed- only an inch or two.
 • 5) Place the plant in the hole and fill hole over roots to one inch below ground level.
 • 6) Water well and allow to drain. Fill hole to original soil level with more soil mixture,
        water thoroughly.

Asparagus:
 • Don't harvest spears the first year (roots need to store food). The second season harvest for 2-3 weeks or until the spears develop ferny stalks. In the fall when the top (fern) growth browns, cut off all fern growth at the ground level. Harvesting the 3rd year, can last from 8 to 12 weeks. ‘Martha Washington’ The standard commercial strain and the most popular U.S. variety is resistant to some rust and blight, has a 60 day cutting season. Produces long straight spears with tight tips. Sweet Purple’ This new type of asparagus has many similar characteristics to green asparagus but has 20% higher sugar content. Spears have are burgundy color, can be eaten raw, is larger and more tender than green and less stringy.

Blueberries:
 • Prefer full to part sun, well draining, moist, acid soil with high organic matter. They are self fertile, but it is best to plant more than one variety to produce larger fruit, higher yields and extend your harvest period. Northern Highbush & Southern Highbush (higher heat tolerance) varieties grow up to 6’-8’ tall and Halfhigh and Lowbush are dwarf varieties that grow to 4’ or less. Halfhigh blueberries are crosses of northern highbush and lowbush wild species, are lower growing, more compact and yield less fruit than highbush types. Harvest plants 3yrs or older. ‘Blue Crop’ Northern Highbush; midseason, leading commercial variety. Medium to large, open clusters of large, firm, crack resistant, light blue fruit. Good for fresh eating, preserves, baking and freezing. Vigorous, upright growth, 4’ – 6’ at maturity. ‘ Chandler’ Northern Highbush -largest fruit- size of cherries, delicious flavor, 6 week harvest period. Vigorous, dark green foliage, slightly spreading habit, 5’-6’ tall & wide. ‘Darrow’ Northern Highbush -2nd largest fruit-light blue, slightly flatfruit with tart flavor. Late season. Vigorous, 5’-6’ tall ‘Jersey’ Northern Highbush Easy to grow, heavy producing late season. Small to medium, very sweet fruit, great for baking. Up to 7’tall. ‘Patriot’ Northern Highbush, early season. High production, large fruit, dark blue, very flavorful. Takes wet soils. 4’ tall. ‘Pink Lemonade’ Mid-late season. Pinkish white flowers followed by pale green fruit ripens to deep pink, sweet flavor. ‘Spartan’ Northern Highbush, early season. Light blue, large fruit, delicious, tangy, sweet flavor. Likes well draining soil, grows to 5’-6’ . Very attractive plant, great fall color.

Boysenberry (thornless):
 • Large, dark maroon fruit, soft & juicy. Rich, tangy flavor for fresh eating, baking, freezing, preserves. Ripens in July, vigorous, trailing vines.

Marrionberry:
 • PNW blackberry cross. Large, bright black fruit great for fresh eating, jams & cooking. Vigorous, thorny canes. Ripens July/August.

Grapes:
 • prefer light soil with good drainage. Keep soil moist the first year of planting, older plants require less water. Space 8’ apart for max. performance. "Catawba" American, medium sized, purplish seeded fruit. Good table grape for jams and jellies; wine & champagne. Flavor is vinous, slightly foxy & aromatic. Vigorous vine. ‘Himrod’ American, seedless. Crisp skin, sweet & juicy flesh. Fine table quality, used for juice, raisins. Long, large clusters of medium, oval, golden yellow fruit. Pure, sweet, delicate flavor.

Raspberry:
 •prefer, deep, well drained fertile soil. Very cold hardy. Space each plant 2’-3’ and 8’-10’ between rows. ‘Amity’ Everbearing- fruits in fall on 1st yr wood, spring (June) on 2nd yr wood. Developed in OR. Large, firm, dark red berries, great flavor. Good for shipping, freezing and canning. Aphid resistant. ‘Tulameen’ Nooka parentage. Huge, red fruit ripens in July. Long harvest period (50 days), high yields.

Rhubarb:
 •Let plants grow 2 full seasons before harvesting- 3rd season 4-5 week harvest period, older plants up to 8 weeks. Break off stalks, do not cut. Prefers partial sun, rich organic, moist soil. Discourage flowering. ‘Crimson Cherry’ Produces brightly colored red stalks. Keeps it’s color. Delicious tart flavor, used as a sauce or in desserts.

Strawberries:
 •Prefer rich, well draining, slightly acidic soil, & benefit from pine needle or hay mulch. Grows 6”-8” tall and a foot or so wide with runners that can root themselves. Full to part sun. productive 3-4 years. ‘Quinalt’ Everbearing.WA release. Large, firm, deep red berry with good flavor. Fresh eating, desserts & preserves. Small crop in June, then high yielding July – September. ‘Tristar’ Everbearing-“day neutral” produce throughout the season. Firm, glossy, deep red fruit small to medium sized with good flavor.