Join us for our Blueberry Pruning Class

Saturday March 7th 11am – 2pm @ the HOS Arboretum, Clackamas Community College Join Arboretum Manager, Tonia Lordy, for pruning classes to help improve your home orchard. Properly pruned blueberries produce larger crops of sweeter fruit and have less disease and insect problems. Tonia will demonstrate the best pruning practices for your blueberry bushes and provide guided, hands on instruction….

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Grow Double the Berries in Your Backyard!

According to most sources, trailing berries (i.e. Marion, Logan, Boysen, Cascade) should be planted 6 to 8 feet apart with 8 to 10 plants for a family of 4. For those of us living in cities, this requires too much space. Yet these luscious, soft, juicy, not easy to ship and store berries, are a premium if purchased in the…

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Haskap Arrives in North America

Haskap berries are native to Hokkaido, the northern Island of Japan. Historically, wild-growing plants provided one of the few fruits available to the Aniu people, the indigenous population on this island. They appreciated their taste and also recognized their high nutritional value. In 1967, the Japanese began a program to domesticate this fruit. They collected and propagated outstanding plants form…

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The Basics of Blueberry Culture

Of all cultivated fruits, blueberries are one of the best for the home garden. The beautiful bushes blend well into landscaping, growing four to eight feet tall with small, white urn-shaped flowers in spring followed by big crops of blue berries and lovely autumn foliage. Nutritional research has shown that blueberries provide more antioxidants for good health than any other…

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