|What type of sweet eating, early bearing, hardy growing berry bushes do best in our area?
|There are lots of hardy fruit that will grow for you. The sticky wicket with growing early-bearing fruit in a cold climate is that late spring frosts can nip flower buds. There are ways to protect your fruiting crops from frost, though, and you can also grow varieties that bloom and bear after the danger of frost has passed. You can grow sour cherries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries etc., but they all need a humus-rich, slilghtly soil and ample moisture in order to produce well. (Blueberries require a very acidic, well-drained soil and lots of moisture.) For a list of tried-and-true varieties and growing instructions specific to your region, contact your county agricultural extension office (ph# 776-4865). They should have free or low-cost bulletins on the crops that you're interested in. Hope this helps!