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Blueberries Are Just Around The Bend

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It’s the time of year when the dreary gray days can seem to run together. But the Earth is turning toward springtime as it awakens the possibilities a new season can bring.

Smart gardeners use the winter for planning – but those catalogs we peruse by the fireside can make some pretty wild promises.

For example, consider the blueberry bush: It is really possible to get 20 pints of berries from one mature plant? How can a gardener tell if the berries will be healthy and tasty? Why do some plants thrive and others fail, and how can we keep from killing the plants we treasure and nurture?

As usual, our friends at the NC State Extension have the answers. Better still, they will be hosting a free workshop to learn important tips that will guarantee success. A Blueberry Pruning Workshop will be held at the Prevette Family Farm in Olin, N.C., on February 15 from 1 to 4 pm. In addition to sharpening their pruning skills to maximize plant yield, hobbyists and professional growers alike can receive instruction from state experts in disease prevention and insect control.

The Prevette Family Farm is located just about an hour north of Charlotte. The workshop is free but registration is required here.

A “berry good” experience is guaranteed.

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Amy Rogers is the author of Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas and Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits. Her writing has also been featured in Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing, the Oxford American, and the Charlotte Observer. She is founding publisher of the award-winning Novello Festival Press. She received a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, and was the first person to receive the award for non-fiction writing. Her reporting has also won multiple awards from the N.C. Working Press Association. She has been Writer in Residence at the Wildacres Center, and a program presenter at dozens of events, festivals, arts centers, schools, and other venues. Amy Rogers considers herself “Southern by choice,” and is a food and culture commentator for NPR station WFAE.