Extension Center offers berry and asparagus plants for home gardeners

Published 4:07 pm Friday, February 9, 2018

Small fruits that are overlooked by local gardeners are the strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. All three have valuable qualities as fruiting plants, and blueberries and strawberries have attractive traits that make them useful in the home landscape.

Strawberries can become a dense matted groundcover in sunny areas at home. Gardeners with a spot along a drive or walkway would benefit from having some plants covering a bare area. The fruit is not only delicious, but it also is rather attractive when seen on the plants ripening.

The informal blueberry plant growth makes them ideal for an open spreading hedge. In addition to having their delicious blueberries in summer, the rabbiteye blueberries also have attractive autumn foliage. They are well suited for Polk County since they prefer acid type soils, which of course is the condition of our native soil.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Raspberries on the other hand are great to have since fresh raspberries are so difficult to obtain. Plant them in a sunny location that has access to water during occasional summer droughts.

If anyone is in need of plants of either strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or asparagus, the Polk County Extension Center is currently taking orders from local residents, so order them while they last. Plants ordered now, will be available for pick-up in mid-March.

The local Extension Center is located at 79 Carmel Lane (behind the Senior Center) in Columbus. For more information call 894-8218.

– submitted by Sarah Gottfried