Cranberries as Landscaping

We planted cranberries on a mound in the herb garden, hoping for a lush patch of green and berry. But cranberries are a sparse plant, and they leave lots of open ground for weeds to grow in. When we visited the cranberry farms in Long Beach, WA, the owners said weeding the berries is the most labor intensive part of growing them. We'll try a few more years to see if the situation improves. If it doesn't, we'll replace them with a lower maintenance plant.

You don't have to have a bog that can be flooded to raise cranberries--that just makes the harvesting easier for commercial growers.

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