About 6-7 years ago Jeff planted 5 blueberry bushes from seedlings that a friend gave us. Two of them survived. The last few years they have produced really well, but this year has been amazing, we get about a gallon of berries every day or two right now and there are a ton of white ones still ripening!
It took a few years for these bushes to mature, but they have cost us nothing and they are VERY low maintenance. Jeff will prune them a bit during the winter and that is it. Here he is getting the berries on the top, it’s all really pretty funny, he always wants to beat the birds to ripe ones.
So now I’m wishing we would have planted 20 bushes!!!
Our hope is that when our children marry they will have enough property to plant bushes and trees that bear fruit. Fruit trees and bushes are fairly low maintenance and produce so much good. Not only can you harvest to eat fresh, in season foods for FREE and preserve them for the off seasons, but you can also allow others to come pick. The local you-pick farms here charge $8 a gallon for blueberries. You could plant a lot of blueberry bushes on 1 acre for land!
The other day my daughters and I were talking of all things they’d like to plant. Olivia said she wanted to plant Christmas trees each year to keep a continuous harvest of them year after year.
Now I doubt you can support a family from blueberry bushes, unless you went big time, but it is one way to save money, eat healthy and maybe even bring in a little extra cash if you sell to family and friends. All of this helps to build your family economy!
The problem with most Americans is that we live in the moment, have little vision for the next 20 years and even less patience to watch anything grow to bear such rich, long-lasting fruit!
Just about every morning we have smoothies.
Right now it’s banana and blueberry, because that is what is in season and free, with cocoanut or almond milk!
Sometimes I add raw spinach (you can’t even taste it), strawberries, flax seed and/or walnuts,
along with a packet of stevia.
The key is to have as much of your fruit frozen as possible, especially the banana.
So what can you plant this year to build your family economy? Even if it is just one thing, make an effort to plant for your children and grandchildren. And if you have to move from where you are and leave your ‘orchard’ behind, you are still investing in someone’s economy and leaving the world a better place.
This post is linked over at The Legacy of the Home.