lee reich’s blueberry-growing how-to

lee reich’s blueberry-growing how-to

“Grow Fruit Naturally” (affiliate link) along with detailed how-to on every imaginable home fruit crop (in pots or the ground) from kiwi to pawpaw, citrus to pomegranate to plain old strawberries, apples and pears, 31 kinds in all. You can get his blueberry tips below, from a conversation we had on my radio show and podcast some years back—and I’ll even let you know what’s going on in the photo up top.

Lee Reich and I have been writing about gardening for a similarly long time, connecting off and on throughout our careers. His books “A Northeast Gardener’s Year” and “Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention,” both published 20-plus years ago, are longtime favorites of mine, and “Grow Fruit Naturally” has Lee’s characteristic fusion of solid science; practical, nature-inspired common sense, and a consistently considerate relationship with the environment.

Listen to this popular classic edition of my public-radio show and podcast using the player below, or read the synopsis I created from our conversation–or both. You can subscribe to all future editions of the show on iTunes or Spotify or Stitcher (and browse my archive of podcasts here). Plus: Enter to win a copy of “Grow Fruit Naturally” by commenting in the box at the very bottom of the page between February 22 and March 4, 2020.

Lee Reich at his New Paltz “Grow Fruit Naturally” I needed to read was the one about figs–or you can read this later interview about successful fig growing with Lee.

‘grow fruit naturally’ by lee reich

“Grow Fruit Naturally,” all you have to do is comment by answering the question [NOTE: Though the original giveaway is now closed, we’re having another in February 22 to March 4, 2020.]

What fruit do you grow—or wish to grow—in your home garden? Any tips or tricks to share?

Don’t worry, you can simply say, “Count me in” and your entry will be registered, in case you’re feeling shy. Two new winners will be drawn at random from February-March 2020 entries after entries close at midnight Tuesday, March 4, 2020 in the updated giveaway.

which blueberry to grow?

  • Highbush (V. corymbosum), Zones 4-7; to 7 feet tall, but less with pruning
  • Lowbush (V. angustifolium), Zones 3-7; a suckering groundcover up to 18 inches high; mow or cut to the ground every few years to renew as desired
  • Half-high varieties (hybrids between the previous two species), under 4 feet
  • Rabbiteye (V. asheii, a Southeast native), Zones 7-9; suckering shrub to 15 feet tall, heat-tolerant

extra help from lee’s website

(Disclosure: Links to Amazon are affiliate links, which yield a small commission.)

lee’s favorite fruit sources

I HAD TO ASK LEE REICH, whom Barbara Damrosch calls “the Pied Piper of fruit growing,” where he shops for fruit plants. Here are some of his favorites:


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