“Brainberries” Great for your health; so easy to grow

Garden Releaf Australia announces that on Sunday March 19 they will join in the celebration of National Blueberry Day and over 100 independent Garden Centres and suppliers around Australia will help celebrate this fabulous fruit and all things gardening. Amongst other things there will be loads of fun, COLOUR- themed activities and a focus on the benefits of plants and gardens to enrich our lives.

Participating garden centres will be exploding with beautiful plants, informative displays and loads of activities for all ages.

SO Why celebrate blueberries? Blueberries – renamed ‘Brainberries’ by author Dr. Steven Platt contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all fruits and berries They are excellent for your brain, memory, cognitive function and overall health.

Nutritionist, Dr Joanna McMillan is also supporting the event. She said “Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits. Frozen or fresh they are just delicious, bursting with Vitamin C and a whole bunch of health promoting antioxidants PLUS they are low in kilojoules. When I feel like a mid-afternoon snack, one of my favourites is a little dish of fresh blueberries and almonds” .

What’s more, blueberries are easy to grow and in a nice sunny spot, with a little basic care they will provide beautiful spring flowers then fruit prolifically for you. Mark Dann Horticulture Marketing Co-ordinator at PlantNet has been part of the team developing the fabulous Blueberry Burst variety which is currently being grown successfully for the home garden in all climates of Australia from tropical to cooler zones and he advised us “With some basic care growing blueberries will be a highly rewarding garden project for you! Blueberry Burst for example is an evergreen, naturally dwarfing variety which produces exceptionally large fruit and is well suited to being grown in small gardens, pots or tubs. This way you don’t need much room and you can control the PH levels of the soil as blueberries love a more acidic growing mix. “

Plant now – for those keen to try growing their own blueberries there is no better time than autumn to get them planted. With a bit of warmth still in the air and the soil they will settle in quickly and be ready to reward you quickly with delicious home grown, fresh fruit.

Support beyondblue

March 19 is not only dedicated to encouraging everyone to eat and grow blueberries and to get out and get gardening; participating Garden Centres will use this special day to raise money for beyondblue and its ongoing work to “provide information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.”
Garden RELEAF is an initiative of Garden Centres of Australia (GCA), developed to educate the community about the health and wellness benefits of gardens, plants and gardening.

Head to www.gardenreleaf.com.au or www.facebook.com/gardenreleafaustralia to learn more about what will be happening in your local area and your family how you can get inspired and get involved.