On my list of jobs to complete is to finish moving those native tree starters to the shady area that I cleaned up and to plant 4 new blueberry bushes. So I have to share with you what happen when we found this great starters at our local Tractor Supply company. Hubby and I were checking out how well these starters were doing on the shelve at the store and this gentleman comes up behind us and says ' oh blueberries don't grow in Ohio. You won't have any luck with those.' Of course I giggled and replied ' oh really?! I heard they grow great in sandy conditions.' This is all I had and he stood behind us gazing at those bushes saying ' they won't grow!" SO I put the four plants we were looking at in my cart and wished him luck with his garden adventures in Ohio. The only thing I could figure was he wanted to bushes I was looking at??? I couldn't help but take a look at what he was doing with the bushes as we moseyed over to the rabbit supplies.
I have had these bushes for two weeks now and I finally got the area near my raseberries prepared to plant in. This is the research I found concerning blueberry growth in my area that I would like to share with you all. Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden / featured at the Ohio State Extension Office. Some of the key points I found in this article was that
- Blueberries could make a good fruit crop for home gardens since they require small space.
- The plants requires highly acidic soil conditions for best results.
- The pH must be corrected before proceeding to establish the planting.
- Blueberry plants begin to produce fruit in the third season; however, they do not become fully productive for about six years.. Once in production, it is necessary to protect the fruit from loss to birds.
I will be planting two different varieties in my garden - Patriot and Northernland. Hoping to keep you posted on that progress on my blog entries to follow. Any tips or information you could share concerning the blueberries would be greatly apperciated.
In case I have not shared enough of the yellow going on in my yard..........
Enjoy your Good Friday