Thursday, May 26, 2011

Blueberry Rejuvenation

When we first moved into this house, the previous owner gave us two blueberry plants as a welcoming gift. We put them in the yard, and they gave us nice berries for the first year or so, then they petered out and now we get none. I set out to rejuvenate them, though in retrospect, I’m not sure they’re in the best location. We don’t get tons of sun, so the such a thing might not exist.

Either way, we are in the process of properly fertilizing and acidifying the soil. Actually, the two go hand in hand, since the recommended blueberry fertilizer is in fact an acidifier, as well. Also, after consulting with the resident blueberry expert, CS, we obtained some organic sulfur which acidifies the soil. We are so on fire over here.

The local community group is raising funds to promote their latest endeavor, Edible Landscapes, where they want to decorate the town by planting plants that produce edible fruits and nuts. How cool is that? As part of their fundraising, they are selling blueberry plants, and we got some. We currently have Patriots, and I was told they like diversity, so I ordered two other varieties. However, I ended up getting one other variety, and then more Patriots. There was some sort of miscommunication.

I think it’s fine, but I’d like to get two more plants other than Patriots, and then we’re complete. We have a spot in the backyard where we think we can plant them in a line, and if all works out, then we’ll have ourselves a little blueberry orchard, and in maybe about a 10 years, we can pick our own berries.

This should be good. Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Maria Li for the pic.

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