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How to Grow & When to Plant Goji Berries

Goji Berries blog post
Goji berries are a bright red berry that is grown on a large shrub. They are in the same family and very similar to tomatoes. Goji berries are known for their many medicinal purposes.

How to Grow:

Goji berry bushes are best planted after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Goji berries need to be transplanted apart by around 3-5 feet, in the fun sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water regularly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Asparagus Marjoram Beets
Banana Peppers Mint Broccoli
Basil Nasturtiums Cabbage
Bell Peppers New Zealand Spinach (Tetragonia) Cauliflower
Brussel Sprouts Okra Corn
Cantaloupe Onions Fennel
Carrots Oregano Ginger
Catnip Parsley Kale
Celery Radish Kohlrabi
Chives Rosemary Luffa (Loofah)
Eggplant Sage Peaches
Garlic Shallots Potatoes
Hot Peppers Spinach Turmeric
Leeks Tarragon  
Lemongrass Thyme  
Marigolds Watermelon  

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for goji berries:

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Harvesting:

Goji berries will be ready to harvest within 2-3 years of transplanting. Goji berries will be ready to harvest between July and October. They will be red and will come off easily. Lay a sheet underneath the bush and simply shake the branches gently until all berries fall onto the sheet.

Cooking & Eating!

Goji berries can be eaten both fresh and dried (like raisins). These goji berries will add a sweet flavor to your recipes. Use in smoothies, desserts, or even in tomato sauces! Dried berries can store for up to a year.

 

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