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A new-to-me edible for the garden: Goji berries

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This year, I plan to add a couple of goji berry plants to my growing collection of new-to-me specimens from years past: figs, hardy kiwis, etc. Here in Canada, President’s Choice has added eight-inch pots of these antioxidant-rich, berry-producing plants. “Treat it mean to keep it keen,” says the Anything Grows website (they sell Sutton Seeds’ Jamie Wong line, which includes Goji Berry ‘Bountiful’ (Lycium barbarum).

Apparently these guys are super low-maintenance (i.e. hard to kill, awesome!) and easier to grow than a stinging nettle! I’d like to try growing goji berry plants from seed, but for now, I’ll content myself with a couple of pots that will keep my other exotic fruits happy on my hot, sunny driveway! Besides, it takes a couple of years for them to fruit when grown from seed and I’m not known for my patience.

I’m also curious to taste fresh goji berries, since I’ve only ever eaten them dried. Stay tuned!

What new-to-you edible are you growing this year?







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4 Responses to A new-to-me edible for the garden: Goji berries

  1. Matthew Middleton says:

    I’m trying goji berry as well! I’ve ordered a “Crimson Star” plant from Richters; we’ll see how it fares in Newfoundland.

    • savvygardening says:

      Ooh, nice one! Richters is great. Let us know how it grows for you! Good luck 🙂 ~ Tara

  2. David says:

    Grown one for three years. Berries have to be well ripened before eating and have an interesting taste — not really sweet. Plant tends to send out the occasional runner, but easily dealt with. Needs something about six feet high for support as the branches arch nicely.

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