Berry Growing in a Northern Climate

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Growing berries can be accomplished in almost any climate even if you life in the North.

If you live in a colder climate or one where nighttime and daytime temperatures swing a lot, know that you can plant some berry bushes this year.

Coastal and warm weather gardeners often ask me if berry growing is possible where we live. And the answer is yes! We sure can…and we do! We can grow great berries in the Cariboo, which is in Zone 3 in BC.

Several kinds of berries absolutely love our climate and if we have a lot of rain in the Spring, our berry crop is fantastic. In fact, rain (or watering) is often the most significant factor in how well our berries grow. Usually, berries can take the cooler weather at night time.

So, if you live in a colder climate or one where nighttime and daytime temperatures swing a lot, know that you can go ahead and plant some berry bushes this year.

Which Berries Grow Well in the North

Every year we get large harvests of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and Saskatoon berries. We planted Haskap berry bushes last year and look forward to starting to pick these in a couple of years.

And strawberries and raspberries are perennial fruits. This means you plant them once and get rewarded with berries for years to come. As long as you take care of them, water them regularly and do some pruning, they will reappear every year and give you baskets full of beautiful healthy berries.

Depending on your area, you may even be able to plant grapevines, although they take extra work for winter protection.


How to Plant and Maintain Berry Bushes

Blueberry and Haskap berries are definitely the easiest bushes to plant and maintain. Raspberries are easy too but require maintenance two times a year. Strawberries take a bit more time, but for healthy and big berry harvests there are just a couple of things you really need to do.




You can successfully grow berries in a northern climate. Many homesteads enjoy a berry harvest yearly.

About Annie Coombe

Homesteading in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, we grow our own food including our meat. Join us on our site as we write about gardening, hunting, fishing, cooking, renovating our farmhouse, making our own wine and lots more.

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