General Articles About Berries and How to Grow Them

These are the general articles about gardening, about berries and how to grow them.

Such articles can be very useful for any home gardener or florist, so feel free to read them and if you want to ask something, to comment, or even to criticize, send as an e-mail on info (at) madaboutberries (dot) com.

Enjoy! :)

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed - Elevated and Raised Garden Beds

raised-garden-beds-1mRaised garden beds have many benefits when compared with growing plants directly in the garden soil.

Raised garden beds come in various forms and sizes and can be adjusted to any small garden.

Updated: August 19, 2021.

How to Choose Garden Furniture

garden furniture mAs much as you may love to spend your free time in the house, with the first sunny and warm weather and the arrival of spring, you probably want to drink your first morning coffee outdoors.

Your garden is much more than a plain green lawn or surface where you might plant flowers, fruits and vegetables. In the garden you can always make an oasis that deserves as much attention as decorating some room in your home.

Published: July 29, 2021.

How Many Calories Are in Bananas?

calories in bananas mBananas are some of the most popular fruits around the world, available year long. Bananas come in various sizes, but they practically all share the same special aroma and fragrance.

Because of their popularity, availability, and their health benefits, they are often consumed, leading to the question, how many calories are actually in bananas?

Updated: July 10, 2021.

Benefits of Humus and Compost for Small Gardens

humus mMost gardeners know that compost and humus are great for their garden. However, they may not exactly know if both these are the same or different, and if they are different, what the differences are.

Well, gardeners should remember that compost and humus are ‘not’ the same – they are "different"! In order to get benefited from both these, they should understand the differences between them and their formation and their benefits to the garden.

Published: June 15, 2021.

Can Dogs Eat Blueberries, Bananas, Watermelons and Other Fruits - Healthy Dog Treats

pexels golden retriever mMany people wonder if dogs can eat blueberries, bananas, watermelons, apples, oranges and other fruits and if they are safe for them.

Dogs are opportunist animals and will often get table scraps and other foods, including blueberries and other fruits.

Not to mention that fruits in the garden, with great scent and fragrance, tempt those smart animals to try them.

So, are blueberries and other fruits safe for dogs?

Updated: May 27, 2021.

10 Best Battery Powered Leaf Blowers for 2021

best battery powered leaf blowers mLeaf blowers may be of great help in keeping the yard, workshop, garage, and similar areas clean.

Battery-powered leaf blowers are cordless units that don't depend on the mains power and have great maneuverability with no extension cord to drag around. However, they also depend on the energy stored in the onboard battery (or batteries) that limits their operating time.

Updated: May 21, 2021.

Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights - The Best LED Grow Lights?

led-grow-lights-2mCheap, energy efficient, durable LED grow lights are becoming more and more popular as home grow lights for both professional growers and for plant enthusiasts.

Although certain plants prefer distinctive wave lengths, it is often the best practice to have grow lights that cover full spectrum of the sun light - after all, plants are using that kind of light for rather a long time :)

Updated: May 14, 2021.

No-Till Gardening

no till gardening mTo a traditional gardener, not tilling and flipping soil layers before sowing seeds or planting seedlings may seem absurd. The practice of overturning the soil has been around for centuries and is quite a tried-and-tested method to freshen up the soil and make it healthy for crops.

Naturally, no-till gardening may not be understandable to an old-school gardener; but if they learn about the tremendous benefits of this new technique, they can easily understand why no-till gardening has become so popular among gardeners across the world.

Published: May 12, 2021.

Bird Repellent Scare Discs, Tapes, Rods, Gels, etc. - How to Protect the Berries?

bird repellent mBerries are great-tasting and refreshing fruits, and that is why we grow them - we know that, but also the birds know that too.

Birds can be very useful for every gardener, but when the berries start to ripen, birds can make plenty of damage, even destroy the entire harvest.

Bird repellent discs, tapes, rods, gels, and similar aids can help keep the harvest for ourselves.

Updated: April 30, 2021.

How to Choose Vertical Stackable Planters

strawberry container 3strawberry container 1Vertical stackable planters are popular growing systems for home gardens and indoor growers. They can be very decorative, but stackable vertical planters also save space when growing berries and other fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs and similar plants. Such planters come in various sizes, shapes, designs and before buying, it is important to know what to look for.

Updated: April 24, 2021.

Grow Rooms, Tents, Cabinets and Boxes - Indoor Grow Kits and Systems

apollo-horticulture-grow-tent-1mGrow rooms, tents, cabinets and boxes are indoor grow kits and systems that enable gardener to grow not only berries, but also other plants like flowers, vegetables, herbs etc. while not depending on local weather and season.

Updated: April 15, 2021.

Simple CO2 Sources for Plants in Grow Tents and Grow Rooms

co2 sources mEveryone has learned in school that plants prepare their own food by a process called photosynthesis in which sunlight, water, CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), and chlorophyll play an important part.

This means that along with water, fertilizers, and sunlight, plants need the right amount of CO2 in their surrounding environment for their healthy growth. But what if CO2 is not in adequate amount in the environment surrounding the plants?

Published: February 11, 2021.

Flowering Wheelbarrow - How to Plant Flowers and Berries in a Wheelbarrow

wheelbarrow-mOld wheelbarrows don't have to be always thrown into the junk. Plant flowers and small berries in a wheelbarrow and your old wheelbarrow will be brought back to life. One rule - the older the wheelbarrow, the better it looks! :)

Updated: February 9, 2021.

Types of Small Rechargeable Batteries - 18650 Lithium Batteries, AA and AAA NiMH and NiCD Batteries

18650-ecogear-with-charger-A small backyard garden can be an electronics-free zone, but with the introduction of many useful tools and gadgets which help and ease many daily tasks, one must know few things about rechargeable batteries often found in devices like solar outdoor lights, automatic watering systems, fountains, various other pumps, timers, etc.

Published: January 9, 2021.

Solar Powered Garden Lights - Outdoor Solar Lighting

garden solar lightsGarden solar lights are small lights based on LED (Light Emitting Diode), a rechargeable battery (usually one AA sized battery), and a small solar panel for recharging the battery during sunlight.

When the battery is charged in the evening and the sun goes down, garden solar lights turn on automatically. Depending on the amount of sun light during the day, the battery usually can last the entire night.

Updated: December 19, 2020.

Everything about Grow Bags - Grow Bags Gardening

grow bag mIf one wishes to grow a garden inside their home, but find containers heavy or messy, plant growing bags are a good option for them. These are fabric or plastic bags in which one can grow plants.

They are perfect for home gardens, terrace gardens, small yard gardens, or balconies, where one wants to save space yet wants to grow a hearty garden. They are a great choice also because they can be re-used and create very little waste.

Published: December 11, 2020.

How to Replace Old Rechargeable Batteries in Outdoor Solar Lights

garden-solar-lights-1mRechargeable batteries are a great thing - they last for a long time, they are rather cheap and are reliable.

But, after some time, they lose capacity due to numerous reasons and they need to be replaced. In most devices and gadgets, it can be done within seconds.

Updated: October 10, 2020.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes - Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss

banana-blueberry-smoothie-2mSmoothies are easy and quick meals and snacks to make. Depending on their composition, they provide practically all of the nutrients that the human body requires.

Incorporating berry smoothies in daily nutrition, can increase daily vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, fiber, etc intake and can help in regulating weight in both ways - losing weight (preferably fat) and gaining weight (preferably muscles).

Updated: July 30, 2020.

Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load of Common Berries and Other Foods

mixed-berries-smoothie-1mhealth-benefits-of-berriesThere are many ways to compare various foods in terms of protein, carbohydrate, fats, fibers, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc content.

One of the important ways to compare foods are their Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL).

Upgraded: July 19, 2020.

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden - LED Indoor Grow Systems

miracle gro aerogarden ultra 1mMiracle-Gro AeroGarden are fully automatic LED indoor grow systems, suitable for growing indoors plants like herbs, flowers, vegetables and, of course, berries like strawberries and tomatoes. They come in various sizes and with many options, and if you want to enjoy fresh strawberries and tomatoes grown at home even during winter, consider these systems.

How to Sow Plants in Plastic Pots

bulk-pottingFrom time to time, one has to plant lots of different seeds. One of the options is to use styrofoam or similar containers with premade holes for plants – this is very useful and quick method when you have to sow one sort of plant per container (like strawberries). If you want to sow only few plants of one sort, but many sorts, you need small plastic cups.

Sambucol And Other Sambucus (Elderberry) Extracts - Reviews And Recommendations

sambucol sambucus extractsSambucol and other sambucus (Elderberry) extracts in the form of syrups and tablets are marketed as being able to boost immune system, improve overall health and help fight many health issues. But are they as effective as their manufacturers claim?

My Reviews - Berry Thin, Raspberry Ketones, Acai Berry Thin

berry-thinBerry Thin, Acai Berry Thin, Pure Raspberry Ketone, Green Coffee Bean Extract and other compounds and extracts have been promoted by many companies and individuals as the way of losing unwanted weight, weight management and improving health in general. Also, many claims are based on so-called scientific studies and ongoing research in many labs. But, are they really that effective and what is hiding behind 'scientific studies'?

Fertilizers and Soil Preparation

fertilizers-soil-prep-mSoil preparation for plants in the garden or pots is very important for every gardener or florist. When growing berries in the pots, soil preparation is important even more since amount of soil per plant is much more limited when compared to growing plants in the garden.

Fertilizers For Berries

examples-of-fertilizers-mThere are plenty of different fertilizers for berries and other home and garden plants. Knowing which is good for what plant and why, is very important to every gardener or florist.