Green grapes are nice for straight eating, but don't do well in many areas of the country.

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Green grapes are nice for straight eating, but don't do well in many areas of the country.

Purple grapes are better for preserves and juice, and seem to thrive in all zones.Grapes should be planted in an area that gets full exposure to the sun.Remember, as you plan where to plant your grapes, they will need to be supported by a trellis or even fencing.Grapevines can be planted in the spring as soon as the soil dries out enough to be worked.Prepare a small hole and set the plants to the same level as in the pot in which you purchased them.Clip the top off the vine, leaving only two buds near the soil line.Plant the grapes at least 8 to 10 feet apart.Mulch them to help keep the roots moist.Avoid low areas that remain wet late into the spring.However, you should ensure that the plants receive plenty of water during dry periods.You should also be aware of what was planted prior to putting in the brambles.This fungus lives in the soil for four to six years and attacks plants from their roots.Brambles are highly susceptible to Verticillium.You will want to plant your brambles in the early spring, but wait until any danger of frost has passed.When you are planting the individual canes, be sure to keep them moist during the process.The ancient Greeks utilized blackberries as a remedy for gout, and the flowers and fruit were also used to treat venomous bites.Eating the berry was known to stop looseness of the bowels, and the young shoots, combined with a little alum, were eaten in a salad to fasten loose teeth.Make sure the soil around both the roots and the plant is firm.Then generously water each plant.Blueberries contain significant quantities of both antibacterial and antiviral compounds, and have a reputation in northern Europe of fighting infections.They may also help protect against heart disease.When planting, dig a hole 18 inches deep and 18 inches wide.Mix equal amounts of peat moss with top soil and pour into the hole until it is filled 4 inches from the top.Set the plant and cover the roots with the remaining peat–soil mix.Space plants 5 feet apart in rows 10 feet apart.Blueberry bushes need at least one to two inches of water per week.Once you reach early fall, however, do not apply extra water unless the soil is very dry.Remove blossoms that appear in the first year of planting and second year after planting to stimulate vigorous growth.Wild FruitMulberries, elderberries, and wild raspberries are just some of the bounties of nature that can be found throughout the countryside.These berries often have unique qualities and should be considered part of your harvest.MulberriesMulberries resemble blackberries in shape and size and also have many seeds.They’re fully ripe when black and soft.One way to harvest mulberries is to spread a sheet of cloth or plastic underneath the tree, and then shake the branches so the fruit will fall onto the blanket.Mulberries will stain anything and everything they touch, so you should wear gloves while you harvest them.You need to process mulberries immediately, either by preserving them in a jelly or freezing them.ElderberriesElderberries resemble chokecherries, only they are smaller.Elderberries grow all over the United States, usually by the side of country roads.The black elderberries are the sweetest and can be used for juices and dried for baking.Elderberries grow in clusters, like grapes.The best way to harvest them is to hold a bowl underneath the cluster and snip the cluster from the tree.Elderberry blossoms are used for teas.Elderberries are also used for medicinal purposes.Black elderberry extract has been found to be effective against the H5N1 strain of avian flu in humans.Black elderberry extract can help protect healthy cells and deactivate viruses.When given to patients, scientists have found the black elderberry extract has the ability to ward off flu infections.Wild Raspberries and BlackberriesThese berries are usually found in wooded areas.Wild berries are usually smaller than their domestic counterparts, but often sweeter.Wear long sleeves

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