Blueberries from your Backyard


Blueberries are delicious when eaten fresh, are tasty in pies and muffins, and are easily frozen. How- ever, this fruit is not commonly grown in Illinois by most home gardeners. Blueberries have very exacting soil and cultural requirements, but, if properly handled, can be grown successfully. Soils and locations that naturally provide optimal growing conditions are very limited in Illinois, so careful attention must be given to cultural details. Blueberries grow and yield best when grown in full sun but will produce good yields in partial shade.