It’s berry season! Let’s celebrate!

Celebrate summer with sweet little treats straight from the bramble.

Blueberry cobbler. Strawberry shortcake. Blackberry pie. Blueberry muffins. Strawberry limeade. I could go on, but I think you get the idea! It’s not only summer, but it’s also time to celebrate berries! If you’re a fan of those sweet, juicy summer treats, you’ll love the July issue of Food Gardening Magazine!

Did you know that naturally growing berries were some of the first foods that early humans foraged, using them for food, preserving them for sustenance through the winter, and creating medicines with the leaves, fruits, and roots of many berries.

Berries also feel like the quintessential early-summer fruit. While we don’t have to forage like our early ancestors did, there’s nothing like the sweetness of a strawberry still warm from the sun or a blackberry picked and eaten right from the bramble.

Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries aren’t the only berries, either. One of the articles you’ll find in this month’s edition of Food Gardening Magazine is The Best 10 Berries to Grow in Your Garden. We’ll explore boysenberries, cranberries (no bog necessary!), and some berries that might be new to you, such as honeyberries and gooseberries.

Naturally, you’ll find some lovely summer recipes, too. Savory, sweet, breakfast, dinner, and even a few tantalizing summer beverages are all here. Plus, we’ll jump into the herb garden with the Herb Garden Collection Kit. This kit explores ideal garden companions for different herbs; common culinary uses for each of these herbs, from Mediterranean cuisine to Southeast Asian dishes; and even more delightful recipes. Who could say no to Feta and Olive Bake with Thyme, Dill Seed Braided Bread, or the Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon?

In all, you’ll find four featured articles, four mouth-watering recipes, a downloadable Herb Garden Collection Kit, and explorations of our three featured plants: Blueberries, Strawberries, and Blackberries. And, as always, there are some additional delightful recipes in store from the gardening guides highlighted in this issue.

Here are some exciting articles and videos to look forward to in the July “Berry Extravaganza” Issue of Food Gardening Magazine:

  • How to Propagate a Blueberry Bush from Cuttings: A Step-by-Step Guide: If you want to expand your blueberry garden in an affordable and satisfying way, consider propagating blueberry bushes from cuttings!
  • 7 Veggies to Plant in July: No, it’s not too late! You might not have time to start those heirloom tomatoes from seeds, but there are still plenty of tasty veggies you can add to the garden this month!
  • Garden-to-Glass Cocktails: Get the party started with refreshing summer garden-to-glass cocktails created from the ground up—literally! Strawberry Cordial, anyone?
  • Strawberry Avocado Toast: Strawberries and drizzled honey over soft toasted bread with creamy avocado, crisp shallots, and fresh-picked microgreens … dreamy!
  • The 10 Best Berries to Grow in Your Garden: If you’ve ever thought about growing berries, this is your in-depth guide, covering everything from where they grow, how much room you need, how easy or difficult they are to care for, companion planting fun facts, and so much more.
  • Herb Garden Collection Kit: Download this printable Herb Garden Collection Kit to help you grow a fragrant, medicinal, and nourishing herb garden!
  • A Home in the Blackberries: This article comes from our sister publication, GreenPrints Magazine. In it, writer Katie Kulla shares her story about her battle with a “thorny, impenetrable, monstrous mass of vegetation.

The latest issue of Food Gardening Magazine also features our deep dive collections on Blueberries, Strawberries, and Blackberries. You’ll get tons of tips for growing these three exciting plants, from choosing the type you want to grow to prepping your garden and all the way through harvesting and enjoying them in your kitchen.

Pruning is essential if you want your blueberry plants to be healthy, produce quality fruit, and look good. But pruning is an intimidating sport, and there are do’s and don’ts; one foul slip and you can lose a whole bush. In How to Prune Blueberry Bushes, we’ll walk you through the basics of pruning so you can enjoy a bountiful blueberry harvest.

There’s more than one kind of strawberry in town! In Everbearing Strawberry Plants vs. June-Bearing Strawberries, we’ll look at 10 different varieties of strawberries so you can decide which is right for your garden.

Blackberries are easy to grow. In fact, they’re so easy to grow that they can take over your entire garden in just a few seasons! In How to Stop Blackberry Bushes from Spreading, we’ll explore four ways to keep their vigorous growth in check.

Open up the July Issue today and join us in dreaming, planting, and enjoying all things food gardening.

About Food Gardening Network, a brand of Mequoda Publishing Network: Food Gardening Network was founded by home food gardeners and for home food gardeners—the mission is to serve gardeners with tips, tools, advice, and recipes for growing and enjoying good food at home. During the Covid-19 pandemic that began in 2020, it became apparent that home food gardening would grow beyond a hobby for many home gardeners. Food Gardening Network launched in January of 2021 as an all-encompassing resource for gardeners of all skill levels, with in-depth articles on planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting home garden crops. Food Gardening Network also includes easy-to-prepare recipes so home gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labors in delicious, creative ways.

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