Thursday, May 7, 2015

Planting a Jostaberry

Planting a Jostaberry

I’ve been wanting a Jostaberry aka Ribes x culverwelii since I heard about them in my permaculture class. I am a huge fan of edible perennials! When I saw it this spring at the local plant store, I couldn’t really resist.

Planting a Jostaberry

Jostaberry is a hardy plant good in USDA zones 3-8 and down to –40F! It should handle Minnesota winters without trouble. This particular plant will get about 4-6 feet tall and about 4 foot around. If I am lucky, it should fruit next year.

Planting a Jostaberry

The first step was to dig a big hole twice as large as the pot in a sunny spot. I then filled it with some finished compost. I put the plant in and then filled in the rest of the gaps with finished compost. I did not return the original soil since it is of pretty poor quality.

Planting a Jostaberry

I pushed down with my boot around the edges to make sure it was level and the air gaps were taken up.

Planting a Jostaberry

Next, I started to sheet mulch with some cardboard. This will help suppress the weeds and grass around the plant.

Planting a Jostaberry

I covered the cardboard with a thick layer of woodchip mulch.

Planting a Jostaberry

A heavy, slow watering and the Jostaberry is ready for life in my front yard.

Planting a Jostaberry

 

Do you have any experience with Jostaberry? Leave me a comment below.

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