Bushel and Berry

West Grove, Pennsylvania

Bushel and Berry™ are revolutionizing the way home gardeners grow berries!

This unique berry collection offers a variety of compact, easy-to-grow, low-maintenance container blueberry, raspberry and blackberry plants, making growing fresh fruit simple. These ornamental shrubs are perfect in the garden or in decorative containers on patios and provide dainty flowers and colorful foliage in the spring, plump berries in the summer and stunning color in the fall.

Bushel and Berry™ are completely changing the way we think about berry plants!
 

New Pot and Palate-Pleasing Edibles

January 2014 PDF icon Farmers Almanac Garden Guide 2014.pdf

The Old Farmer’s Almanac was looking to feature new edibles for 2014. We pitched BrazelBerries’ new Blueberry Glaze as an exciting new blueberry for consumers.

Berry Good News

March 2013 PDF icon Country Gardens March 2013.pdf

This 6-page story was a result of a media tour with the editor from Country Gardens to Fall Creek Farm & Nursery in the summer of 2012. We coordinated and attended the tour to make sure it ran smoothly.

For Your Plate

July 2015 PDF icon BHG SIP - Do It Yourself - Summer 2015.pdf

Each fall we pitch new plant varieties to consumer garden and lifestyle magazines. We worked with a freelance writer for this story, who was looking for new savvy plants for consumers. She loved BrazelBerries new Blueberry Glaze blueberry for its small berries and beautiful foliage.

Bushel and Berry News

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week with Healthy Blueberries from BrazelBerries

Friday, May 6, 2016

This Mother’s Day kicks off the start of an important week not just for moms, but for women everywhere. The 17th annual National Women’s Health Week takes place May 8-May 14.

Throughout the celebration, the U.S. Department of Health and Office on Women’s Health are combining forces to empower women to make their health a top priority. Women everywhere are being encouraged to take steps toward improving their health, including exercise, medical screenings, avoiding detrimental habits and eating healthy.

When it comes to eating healthy, not all foods are created equal. Although they might be small, blueberries provide big rewards. They’re known as super fruits for their low-fat content and high concentrations of dietary fiber, antioxidants and Vitamin C. Just one serving of blueberries serves up almost 25 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.

Increased awareness of these benefits has led consumers to purchase more blueberries than ever before, but why not just grow your own? The BrazelBerries Collection offers a variety of compact, easy-to-grow, low-maintenance container blueberry plants, making growing fresh fruit simple.

“We love growing blueberries not just for their delicious taste and beautiful foliage, but also for the health benefits they provide,” says berry expert Amelie Brazelton Aust, a second generation owner at Fall Creek Farm & Nursery. “Plus, there’s nothing better than growing your own fresh fruit right in your own backyard.”

Blueberries’ high levels of antioxidants have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. As a low-GI fruit, blueberries also have a favorable impact on regulating blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

A recent study has found that blueberries might have even more disease-fighting powers in reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s, an increasingly common form of Dementia. Preliminary research suggests that the high antioxidant levels can improve memory and cognitive function in older adults.

What better way to celebrate National Women’s Health Week than by planting your very own blueberry bush? Having these super fruits on hand will improve your health not just this week, but all year long.

For more information on the BrazelBerries® Collection, visit http://www.brazelberries.com.

About Fall Creek Farm & Nursery:
From its state-of-the art growing facilities in Oregon, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery specializes in the propagation, production and global distribution of blueberry nursery stock. Fall Creek works with the leading nursery stock growers and retailers to bring consumers the very best that blueberries offer.

Garden Media Group Premieres New Vibrant Plants & Products for Spring 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The best way to reverse those winter blues is to get back in the garden. To get you excited for spring, Garden Media Group has released its 2016 Garden Superstars for Spring. This year’s list features delicious edible plants, safe organic fertilizer and innovative gardening beds.

“This season, let someone else do the work for you. These outstanding products make gardening easier and you more successful,” says Susan McCoy, president of Garden Media.

These superstar plants and products are sure to inspire everyone from the beginner gardener to the seasoned plant professional.

Here is Garden Media’s list of Garden Superstars for Spring 2016.

Double Cropper. Double Cropper. Plant BrazelBerries’® new Perpetua™ in the landscape or garden for a true double-cropping blueberry that sets one crop of delicious fruit in mid-summer and then flowers and fruits a second time to provide ripe fruit in the fall.

This landscape beauty is somewhat vase-shaped, growing upright to 4’-5’ tall. The leaves are a rich, glossy dark green and curly or twisted in the spring and summer, turning to deep reds and greens in the winter. New canes are bright yellow and red when dormant, which adds a blaze of color to the winter landscape. Enjoy Perpetua’s mild and sweet berries in the summer and fall. Grow in full sun in zones 4 – 8.

Learn more about Perpetua at www.BrazelBerries.com.

No Measure, No Mess. New, organic liquid fertilizers, Start!, Bloom! and Grow! by Espoma, are safer and healthier for plants. Plus, they won’t leave a fishy smell behind. And because they are liquid, they work immediately to give plants what they need most.

The new, innovative Easy Dose cap makes fertilizing less of a guessing game. Each dose gives a precise feeding of specially formulated nutrients. Simply open the flip-top lid, invert the bottle and release a pre-measured dose of product directly into the watering can.

Find the new fertilizers at your local garden center.

Composter and Garden Bed in One. An African gardening technique to grow food in severe drought and sweltering heat, Vita’s Keyhole Garden is a modern version of this raised bed. By capturing the same spirit, the Keyhole Garden is both a growing and composting bed that turns kitchen scraps and other household waste into rich soil. It uses up to 80 percent less water than traditional garden beds and produces more vegetables in less time.

The Keyhole Garden has a 20-year warranty and is constructed from attractive and rot-proof food-grade vinyl (BPA- free) with stainless steel fasteners.

Learn more about the Keyhole Garden at www.VitaGardens.com.

For more exciting new plants and garden products for spring 2016, visit www.gardenmediagroup.com.

Garden Media specializes in home and garden, horticulture, outdoor living, lawn and landscape industries, offering innovative PR campaigns designed to secure top media placements and partnerships. For more information visit: www.gardenmediagroup.com

Fall Creek® Farm & Nursery Introduces New BrazelBerries® Perpetua™ Blueberry for 2016

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The trend toward healthy living is on the rise and it’s making its way into the garden. People want to grow their own food that not only tastes good, but also packs a nutritional punch.

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., the world’s leading blueberry nursery stock and genetics company, continues to introduce new berry varieties to its BrazelBerries® Collection that anyone can enjoy right in their own backyard.

BrazelBerries Perpetua™ is a true double-cropping blueberry. Enjoy one crop of small, mild and sweet berries in mid-summer and then again in the fall when it fruits again with a full second crop. Perpetua’s attractive combination of dark green, glossy and curly leaves and flowers in the spring and summer make it a true stand-out in any garden. In winter, the leaves turn to deep red and green while the new canes become bright yellow and red.

As an ornamental beauty, Perpetua™ makes an excellent accent in the landscape. With an upright, vase-shaped habit that is compact and vigorous, it’s best suited for zones 4-8.

The BrazelBerries® Collection of berry shrubs is bred specifically for home gardeners. They are simple to grow, offer year-round beauty and produce delicious, abundant fruit. All BrazelBerries are self-pollinating, so only one bush is needed to produce fruit but additional blueberries nearby will generally increase production and sometimes berry size. Perpetua joins the other blueberries in the collection, Peach Sorbet™, Jelly Bean™, Blueberry Glaze™ and Pink Icing

Perpetua™ will be available in 2016 exclusively at independent garden centers throughout the US and Canada.

Easy Steps for Protecting Your BrazelBerries from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery

Friday, October 30, 2015

The BrazelBerries Collection of blueberry and raspberry shrubs that grow easily in containers or gardens are a snap to care for over the winter with some simple steps.

Most varieties within the BrazelBerries collection can take cooler temperatures and actually need a certain amount of chill to set fruit the next year. The blueberry varieties Jelly Bean and Blueberry Glaze and the thornless Raspberry Shortcake raspberry all are specifically bred to survive during cold months either inside in a protected spot or out in the garden or landscape.

Peach Sorbet and Pink Icing blueberries may need a bit more protection during extreme cold spells. Most plants can withstand more cold if planted in the ground where roots are protected. BrazelBerries varieties planted in patio pots generally need more protection with the roots above ground and less protected.

“Whether you over winter the plants indoors or out depends on your climate. The colder it gets, the more protection plants need,” explains Amelie Brazelton Aust, a second-generation owner of Fall Creek Farm & Nursery. Aust says the key to overwintering BrazelBerries is to keep the roots from freezing and cold winds from drying out the plant’s branches.

Here are some simple tips for different regions of the country to overwinter BrazelBerries both in pots and in the ground.

Whether inside or out, the BrazelBerries blueberries go dormant and drop most of their leaves. Don’t worry. They may look dead but aren’t. While still dormant, prune blueberry shrubs in late winter to shape the plant and remove dead or damaged stems. Remove approximately 1/3rd of dead or lateral stems. While it may seem counter-intuitive, remember that pruning actually encourages fruit set in the spring.

Raspberry Shortcake will go completely dormant and look dead. This is perfectly normal. Wait until early spring to prune Raspberry Shortcake. When fresh green growth emerges from the base of the plant and some of the stems, cut dead canes at ground level that show no sign of green.

BrazelBerries shrubs don’t need much water while dormant, but if planted in pots check them once a month. If the soil is dry more than an inch deep, water lightly but don’t soak the soil. If covered with snow, they’ll be getting plenty of moisture.

BrazelBerries growing in patio pots in USDA Zones 5 and below need to be moved to a sheltered spot when nighttime temperatures drop below freezing – especially in extreme cold spells. An unheated shed, garage, basement or greenhouse works well too.

If the plants must be left outside, move pots together against a protected part of building that provides shelter and pile four to eight inches of straw mulch in and around the pots, but don’t pack mulch against the plants’ stems. Or wrap the container in several layers of burlap or insulating material.

Generally in Zones 6 and up, BrazelBerries in containers can be kept outside in a sheltered place, such as under the overhang of a building or against its north side. Cluster pots together, give them a good watering, and cover them with leaves or straw, or wrap in layers of burlap. Just remain aware of any extreme cold spells and provide any additional insulation or shelter as necessary.

In the warmest areas of the country, where it rarely freezes, BrazelBerries can be left outdoors in their pots year-round.

“I just about ignore them,” says Lynn Coulter of Douglasville, Georgia, a freelance journalist and author. “I leave them where they are, and pile a thick layer of pine needles under, over and around the containers.”

Grown in the ground, BrazelBerries have proven to be tough plants that handle the cold and come back even bigger and better the next year. Freelance garden writer Deb Wiley, from Des Moines, Iowa, grows all her BrazelBerries right in the garden. “I do nothing – nada – to winterize my berries. I don’t even add extra mulch. They even survived last year’s Iowa winter, one of the coldest on record!” proclaims Wiley.

Once spring comes, be on alert for cold snaps and cover plants if frost is predicted. This protects the tender new growth, budding flowers and delicious harvest!

BrazelBerries blueberries Peach Sorbet, Jelly Bean, Blueberry Glaze, Pink Icing and thornless raspberry Raspberry Shortcake were created specifically for the home garden. In addition to the fruits’ luscious flavor, these colorful landscape shrubs are perfect for patios, balconies, decks, or anywhere you want a bit of beauty and a tasty snack.

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Unveils Latest BrazelBerries at IGC Chicago

Monday, August 17, 2015

The trend toward healthy living is on the rise and it’s making its way into the garden. Consumers want to grow their own food that not only tastes good, but also packs a nutritional punch.
 
Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., the world’s leading blueberry nursery stock and genetics company, continues to introduce new berry varieties to its BrazelBerries Collection that consumers can enjoy right in their own backyard.

BrazelBerries Perpetua is a true double-cropping blueberry that will be unveiled at this summer’s IGC show in Chicago, Aug. 18-20. Stop by booth #2017 to see this beauty up close and in person.

Consumers will enjoy one crop of small, mild and sweet berries in mid-summer and then again in the fall when it fruits again with a full second crop. Perpetua’s attractive combination of dark green, glossy and curly leaves and flowers in the spring and summer make it a true stand-out in any garden. In winter, the leaves turn to deep red and green while the new canes become bright yellow and red.

As an ornamental beauty, Perpetua makes an excellent accent in the landscape. With an upright, vase-shaped habit that is compact and vigorous, it’s best suited for zones 4-8.
 
The BrazelBerries Collection of berry shrubs is bred specifically for home gardeners. They are simple to grow, offer year-round beauty and produce delicious, abundant fruit. All BrazelBerries are self-pollinating, so only one bush is needed to produce fruit but additional blueberries nearby will generally increase production and sometimes berry size. Perpetua joins the other blueberries in the collection, Peach Sorbet, Jelly Bean, Blueberry Glaze and Pink Icing.
 
Initial quantities of Perpetua will be available in 2016 exclusively to independent garden centers through the BrazelBerries network of wholesale growers. Growers will offer retail-ready Perpetua plants in branded one-gallon or larger containers with an informative tag.

From its state-of-the art growing facilities in Oregon, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery specializes in the propagation, production and global distribution of blueberry nursery stock. Fall Creek works with the leading nursery stock growers and retailers to bring consumers the very best that blueberries offer.

For more information on Fall Creek’s BrazelBerries Collection, visit http://www.brazelberries.com