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1648Re: [pfaf] Let's Grow Goji Berries

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  • Geir Flatabø
    Mar 26, 2007
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      Two comments:

      I\ve never seen grape sized Goji berries, what I`ve seen is more barberrry
      sized (1 x 0,5 cm), both in China, and in Norway...
      So if you have grape sizeds berries that is interesting..

      Noi one mentioned the use of the leaves / twigs as a vegetable...
      anyone having any experience..

      Geir Flatabø

      2007/3/26, martin <martinwnaylor@...>:
      >
      > Let's Grow Goji Berries
      >
      > Imagine a plant that is easy to grow, an attractive landscape shrub,
      > tolerant of drought and poor soils, and hardy to USDA zone 5, and
      > produces edible berries. Interested? Need more enticement? What if
      > the berries were a nutrient powerhouse containing, ounce for ounce,
      > more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients than any other
      > food on Earth?
      >
      > There is such a plant: the goji berry (Lycium barbarum). Grown for
      > centuries in Mongolia and Tibet, this tough plant packs an amazing
      > nutrient punch in each small red fruit. The berries not only have all
      > the nutritional benefits mentioned above, they've also been used
      > medicinally in the Himalayas to treat kidney and liver ailments and
      > high cholesterol.
      >
      > Rather than buy the dried berries, why not grow them yourself in your
      > backyard?
      >
      >
      > Growing Gojis
      > Goji berry shrubs grow 8 to 10 feet tall, with shoots reaching up to
      > 12 feet. In early summer the plants offer an attractive display of
      > purple and white, trumpet-shaped flowers on new growth. By late
      > summer, the flowers give way to glossy, bright red berries. The
      > plants produces berries and fruits simultaneously all season long
      > right up to the first heavy frost.
      >
      > Goji berry plants can be grown in USDA zones 5 to 9. They tolerate
      > temperature extremes from -15F to over 100F. Goji berries are best
      > grown from bare root or potted plants. While they can grow in part
      > sun, they flower and fruit best in full sun. The plants grow on
      > sandy, loam, or clay soil, as long as it's well drained. Once
      > established, goji berry plants are very drought tolerant and need
      > minimal care to continue producing.
      >
      > Maintaining Gojis
      > Goji plants begin bearing fruit at 2 years old and reach maximum
      > production when they're 4 to 5 years old. They thrive with some
      > nitrogen fertilizer at planting, but only need annual additions after
      > that of a balanced fertilizer and compost in spring to keep growing.
      > The plants can be annually pruned in early spring to keep the size in
      > bounds and plant attractive.
      >
      > Harvesting Gojis
      > Since fruits mature periodically throughout the summer, it's best to
      > handpick the oblong, grape-size, ripe fruits frequently. You can also
      > harvest by laying a tarp under the plant and shaking the bush. Wear
      > gloves and be careful of the 1-inch long thorns on the older wood.
      > Check plants for ripe fruit every few days since birds love the
      > berries as well. You can also through bird netting over the plants to
      > keep our feathered friends away. Eat goji berries fresh or dry and
      > store them for use in cereals, salads and snacks.
      >
      >
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      >
      > Timpanogos Nursery is a State Certified Nursery and a large Goji
      > Berry Farm located in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. We sell potted
      > Goji Berry plants as well as our new Goji Berry Seed Kits.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Grow Your Own Goji Berries
      > Why not harvest your own fresh Goji Berries right out of your own
      > back yard? You can enjoy them knowing how they've been grown and
      > cared for.
      >
      > We ship strong, healthy Goji Berry plants directly to your door via
      > U.S. Mail.
      >
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      >
      > Our Goji Berry plants have well-developed root systems and are ready
      > for planting.
      >
      >
      >
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      >
      > This was in "National Gardening Association"
      > <regionalreports@...> received today
      >
      > Goji Berry Products
      > from GojiBerryProducts.com
      > Dried Goji Berries
      > Our Premium Dried Goji Berries are grown on the pristine hillsides of
      > Inner Mongolia, where fertile soil, pure mountain water, and clean
      > air combine to make ideal growing conditions. >>GO
      >
      > Goji Juice
      > Enjoy the benefits of one of natures most precious gifts, the Goji
      > Berry. We think you will agree with us that ours is the freshest,
      > best-tasting Goji Juice available. >>GO
      >
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