2017 is GIEI’s Year of Small Fruits

Every year we celebrate a particular group of edible plants, and this year we’re moving out of the vegetable world into small fruits!

Small fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, grapes, and many others can be long-lived, attractive, and productive additions to your garden, and don’t require lots of labor once a site has been prepared well and the young plants cared for. Watering, weeding and mulching will be regular but not strenuous tasks; most small fruits require pruning once or twice a year; and a few plants (such as grapes) will need pest control. But on the whole small fruits are easier to care for than tree fruits, and the results are delicious and nutritious.

Read our Getting Started with Small Fruits page for more information and links to care instructions for particular plants. Soon we’ll have a page up for 2017’s Year of Small Fruit – expect an update here when it’s ready! And start perusing your catalogs for small fruit plants you might find room for in your garden.

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