Workshop on Raising Berries


Monday 4/27 7:30am


Ilsley LIbrary, Middlebury

Monday, April 27, 7:30-9:00 PM, Ilsley LIbrary, Middlebury


Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Master Gardener Margaret Lowe will discuss strawberries, red and black raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries and participants will plant strawberry plants.  Please bring a flowerpot (about 6-8 inches in diameter and 4-6 inches high, plastic or ceramic) or a substitute container.  The bottom half of a plastic gallon milk  or water container would do.  This program is free, but space in limited.  Sign up at the adult circulation desk or call 388-4095.

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Workshop:  Raising Berries

April 27, 7:30, Ilsley LIbrary, Middlebury

We learned about raising blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.  Each participant was given a strawberry plant to put into a container that we brought to the workshop.  We also planted two hanging bags of strawberries to leave at the library for their gardening program.

I have blueberry and raspberry bushes in my own garden and went to the workshop to learn more about helping them to thrive.  We learned again the importance of a soil test and to make sure the soil is on the acid side (Ph between 4.5 and 5.0) for blueberries.  I also learned about the spotted wing drosophila, the fruit fly that is attacking raspberries in Vermont.  One solution is to plant early bearing berries, which I have done with my raspberries.  

It was a great chance to meet other gardeners who are excited about starting to grow berries or to continue to work with the berries they already have.