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Strawberries are versatile, low-growing perennials that prefer full sun, warm days and cool nights. They can be planted in the ground or containers. There are a few varieties of strawberry plants: day-neutral, june-bearing and ever-bearing. At GRDN, we have ever-bearing. Despite their name, ever-bearing strawberries are not "ever bearing", however, they do bear fruit two to three times over the season. Mostly in June and again in late summer or fall. When planting ever-bearing strawberries give roughly 8 inches between each plant. Just remember, a general rule for all types is that strawberries need space. They don't like to be crowded! photos by: Lydia Andrien and Tori Sparks

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Blueberries offer a unique combination of abundant fruit and striking beauty. A native perennial flowering plant, they are an easy addition to the garden as they are drought tolerant and rarely bothered by pests. Blueberries prefer acidic soil between pH of 4-5.5. And as they cannot be fertilized by their own pollen, they will produce more and bigger fruit when planted with at least one other variety to allow for cross-pollination. Let the bees work their magic! Fruiting times vary between May - August.

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