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Liessa Bowen

Liessa started learning everything she could about plants, animals, and ecosystems at a young age. Since then, she's earned a Master’s degree in wildlife biology (Iowa State University) and a PhD in forestry (North Carolina State University), both with an emphasis on conservation biology and birds. She has worked as a greenhouse technician, wildlife biologist, educational consultant, and writer.

A close up image of fruiting blueberries. The fruits are dark blue in color, and they appear next to some un-ripened fruits which are green in color.

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How Long Does it Take For Blueberry Shrubs to Produce Fruit?

Blueberry bushes are well known for producing delicious berries during their fruiting season, but how long after planting should you see them start to produce fruit? In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen examines how long it takes for blueberry bushes to become fruit productive, and what you can expect.

A large blueberry bush grows in the garden. It is full sized, around 2 feet in total height. The image is focused on the plant, the fruits, and the green foliage grown by the shrub.

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How Big Do Blueberry Bushes Actually Get?

Looking to find out how big blueberry bushes get before you add them to your garden this season? While they can range in size depending on the plant, there are some size consistencies you can rely on. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen looks at how big blueberry shrubs can get to help you properly plan for the space you'll need.

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11 Reasons You Should Be Landscaping With Blueberry Shrubs

Are you thinking of adding some blueberry shrubs to your home or garden landscape, but aren't quite sure where to start? "Foodscaping" is quite popular, especially for gardeners that are looking to conserve a little space. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen walks through how to successfully add blueberries to your home or garden landscape with style.

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Houseplants

How Much and How Often Should You Water Your African Violets?

Are you unsure how much water your African violets need, and how often they should be watered? These beloved flowering houseplants have different watering needs compared to other houseplants, especially if you expect them to bloom. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen provides watering advice for your indoor African violets.

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Houseplants

How Big Do African Violets Get When Grown Indoors?

Are you growing African Violets indoors this season, but want to know just how big they will get? While this may vary depending on a few different factors, they will generally only get to a certain size when indoors. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen walks through how big you can expect your African Violets to get when grown indoors.

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Plants

15 Plants That Will Attract Dragonflies to Your Garden

Are you looking to add some plants that will attract dragonflies to your garden this season? There are plenty of beautiful options that will have dragonflies paying you a visit all season. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen walks through her favorite plants for bringing dragonflies to your garden this season.

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Plants

23 Perennial Plants For Gardeners on a Budget

Are you looking to start a perennial garden, but want to stay within a certain budget? There are many different perennial plants that you can grow, without breaking the bank. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen lists out her favorite budget-friendly perennials, with names and pictures of each!

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Where Will Blueberries Grow Best in Your Garden?

Are you thinking of growing blueberries in your garden, but aren't sure where to plant them? Blueberries are a garden favorite, but there are definitely areas of your garden that will allow your shrubs to reach their full potential. In this article, gardening expert Liessa Bowen explains where you should be planting blueberries for the best results.