Articles and Guides - Everything About Berries

These are the general articles about gardening, 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 us an e-mail at info (at) madaboutberries (dot) com.

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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.

Updated: August 23, 2022.

Can Dogs Eat Gooseberries?

can dogs eat gooseberries wGooseberries have made a comeback in the United States and are slowly getting popular. The reasons are their deliciousness and amazing health profile. Also, now there are several varieties that grow virtually without thorns.

What’s more, they often taste sweeter and more delicious than the bitter gooseberries of the past. Like most other foods that humans eat, gooseberries too are a topic of curiosity for dog owners regarding whether their four-legged children can be served these tasty berries.

Published: July 19, 2022.

Can Cats Eat Watermelon?

watermelon and cats mMany can owners wonder if they can give the watermelon to their cat - watermelon is refreshing and a great tasting fruit for humans, but what about cats?

Well, for short, it is safe to give watermelon to the cat, but the important thing is to follow a few simple rules and to keep the amounts in moderation.

This fresh summer fruit is not only able to hydrate and give refreshment to our four-legged friends, but it also contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can be very beneficial for the cat.

Published: June 23, 2022.

Can Dogs Eat Raspberries?

dogs raspberries mAs a common observation by dog owners, dogs would love to taste everything their owners eat. When it comes to eating, these furry babies are very manipulative.

They turn their faces so poor and cute, that humans are filled with love for them and wish to give them their food. But not all human foods are good for doggies. But the problem is that dog owners don’t remember which food is good for their canine companions and which one is not.

Published: May 31, 2022.

Fertilizers For Berries

earthworms w150pxThere are plenty of different fertilizers for berries and other home and garden plants. Knowing which fertilizer is good for what plant and why is very important to every gardener or florist.

Fertilizers are plant food that feeds the plants during their growth providing all the necessary nutrients in a form that is easily accessible to the plants.

Updated: May 30, 2022.

Cherry Berry: Are Cherries Berries?

cherries mCherries are one of the most beautiful and delicious fruits one might ever have eaten. Looking at its deep red color, long, delicate, slender pedicel, fairly firm yet crusty flesh, and a single stone (seed), one might think every time while eating them whether cherries are berries or some other class of fruits.

One will be surprised to hear that fruits that are commonly called berries, such as mulberry, raspberry, or blackberry, and also cherries, are not actually berries, but bananas, grapes, pumpkins, eggplants, cucumbers, and oranges are! So, what are berries actually?

Published: May 26, 2022.

Can Dogs Eat Dried and Fresh Cranberries?

fresh cranberries mDogs are so favored by their owners that they wish to give their pets whatever they want.

However, they have to keep in mind that when it comes to food, they should observe extreme caution. Although dogs wish to eat everything their owner eats, the owner should know that not every human food is good for dogs.

For example, cranberries are so tasty and healthy that dog owners would love to share them with their dogs to let them enjoy the taste. But they should hold back and think about whether cranberries, fresh or dried, are good for their dogs?

Published: April 23, 2022.

Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?

can dogs eat tomatoes mDogs don’t really know which food is good for them and which one is not. Whatever their owners eat, they want their share of their owner’s food. It’s the owner’s duty to feed their pup responsibly after researching well about if a particular food is good or bad for their doggo.

Among all other foods that humans eat, tomatoes are particularly interesting for canines. In such a situation, a dog owner may wonder whether they should feed tomatoes to their beloved pooch or not. Let’s see.

Published: April 4, 2022.

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

can dogs eat watermelons mWatermelon is a great fruit to eat, especially during hot summer days. It’s made of 92% water, hence obviously juicy, and is sweet too, satisfying your body and soul in the sweltering heat. Moreover, it’s packed with nutrients too and therefore, has an important place in the list of healthy fruits. Pet owners therefore may want to feed their pups this cool treat in summer and the question arises can dogs eat watermelon.

The good news is that yes, dogs can eat watermelon. Still, along with its benefits, dog owners have to remember certain precautions too while feeding watermelon to their dog. Plus, they should consult their vet before offering watermelon to their canine companion.

Published: March 24, 2022.

Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

puppy and oranges mIf a dog owner loves the tangy and sweet flavor of oranges and wonders if their beloved pet can enjoy this flavor, the answer is yes! Veterinarians are of opinion that doggies can eat oranges if given in very small quantities.

Published: March 2, 2022.

Can Dogs Eat Blackberries

dogs mMan eats a lot of things and enjoys their taste. Although many things are not very good for them when eaten in access, people keep eating them. But when it comes to dog owners, things are slightly different.

Their dogs wish so much to eat whatever they eat that they don’t like to enjoy it alone, without sharing it with their dogs.

In summer, when there are berries everywhere, and especially when blackberries are plentiful, dog owners keep wondering whether they can feed blackberries to their dogs.

They are worried if they feed the berries to their dear doggo and if something wrong happens with the dog, what they can do. But they will be delighted to know that dogs can eat blackberries!

Published: January 27, 2022.

Can Dogs Eat Bananas?

banana mThere are many foods that are delicious and healthy for humans. However, it’s not necessary that all of them are good for dogs too. In fact, many of them are prohibited for dogs.

One of these foods is bananas which are so delicious and packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that one always feels that their beloved pooch too should enjoy it, but they wonder if dogs can eat bananas.

Published: January 21, 2022.

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).

Updated: November 22, 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: October 29, 2021.

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.

Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?

blueberries mBlueberries on top of a summer fruit salad are mouthwatering as well as nutritious. If one’s dog sees blueberries and is tempted to eat them, should one feed these tiny fruits to the pooch?

The good news is that the answer is ‘yes’! If dog owners are curious about the reasons and want to confirm this fact, here’s why they can feed their pup blueberries.

Updated: January 21, 2022.

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.

Garden Trio Mini Kit by Urban Leaf

garden trio kit mGarden Trio Mini Kit by Urban Leaf allows the people to start indoor gardening and to grow their own fruits and herbs.

Garden Trio Mini Kit is made using easy fast-growing and renewable raw materials - planter box is made using fast-growing renewable timber, pots are from coco coir, and plant markers are from bamboo. Also, dehydrated soil discs contain worm casting and water-retaining crystals, and are complete soil offering the plants everything they need.

Published: May 2, 2020.

Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 and 9 Indoor Gardening Kits

click and grow smart garden 3 mClick & Grow Smart Garden 3 and 9 Indoor Gardening Kits enables the user to grow favorite plants, berries included, all year round, at home, regardless of cold winters or hot summers.

Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 and 9 Indoor Gardening Kits are very simple to use and include everything one needs to start indoor garden. They feature self-watering tank, water level indicator, built-in timer for grow LED lights with adjustable LED lights' height for various plants height.

Updated: July 15, 2019.

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'?