January 17, 2024

Pruning the Blueberry Bushes at My Farm

Many gardening chores are best done in winter when the plants are dormant. Among them - pruning.

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, I grow a lot of berries - raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, gooseberries, currants, and of course, blueberries - those plump, juicy, sweet fruits that are low in fat, yet packed with vitamin-C and antioxidants. My blueberry bushes produce an abundance of fruit every summer, but they do need some maintenance to keep them productive. Not long ago, just before the season's first snow storms in the area, my gardener, Brian O'Kelly, pruned the blueberry bushes. Pruning produces larger berries in greater volumes, ensures good air circulation and light throughout the plants, and helps to control diseases that might otherwise spread through the patch.

Here are some photos, enjoy.