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​The Advantages of Berry Vines

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Delicious fruit isn't the only advantage of growing berry vines and bushes. These hardy plants also work well in many different climates and offer a host of benefits for growers:

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1. Berry vines and bushes are sturdy and low maintenance. Some plants need very specific amounts of sunlight and water each day, and too much or too little of either can stunt or completely kill them. This isn't so with berries. You only need to prune them once or twice a year, water occasionally and try to keep the birds away.

2. Vines are great ground cover plants that do well in almost any soil, in spaces large or small. If you need to cover up a dead patch along the back fence, plant a raspberry cane with some compost and within a year or two the patch will be gone. If your soil is thin or rocky, you can still keep berries thriving. You can also train them along fences or trellises if your space is limited.

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3. In addition, these types of ground cover plants keep producing year after year. Once planted, you can enjoy your blackberries, raspberries and grapes for a decade or more, with almost no effort. And if you cringe at the thought of dealing with thorns, just choose a thorn-free variety.

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