‘I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill’ – Fats Domino
Do you want to know how to grow blueberries at home? If so then this is the post for you. We started growing blueberries last year as the kids love them. They say you should eat the rainbow and blueberries will have nutrients that are not found in any other fruit. So where to start? and How many plants do you need? Well that would depend on how many people you want to feed and how much you like blueberries.
Choosing Your Blueberries
As your plants mature the yields will increase. For example an eight to ten year old blueberry plant will produce just under a kilogram of fruit. If you have other fruit in your garden like strawberries or apples and pears, then six blueberry shrubs should be enough to start with. After a few years you can always up the quantity to eight or ten if the family like them.
To Plant or To Pot Your Blueberries
Your shrubs have arrived now you need to decide where to put them. We like to grow them in pots as it’s easier to control the ph of the soil. Which needs to remain in the region of 4.5 to 5.5 in order for the plant to crop. If you do decide to plant into the ground ensure that the planting holes are free draining and have lots of ericaceous compost.
Pruning & Feeding Blueberries
If the shrubs are only one or two years only then let them grow for a year or two before you prune. Then prune in winter, cutting out dead or damaged branches. In spring, feed the shrubs for the season ahead and then again when fruit starts to appear. You can add organic fish emulsion, coffee grounds, bonemeal and top-dress with ericaceous compost to ensure the shrub is feed. During the summer mulch with pine bark (composted or chipped), pine needles or leaf mold.
Blueberries are easy to grow and don’t take up much space. They look great in the garden with their white and or pink flowers which turn into fruit. Most importantly you will never have to go to the supermarket again and buy watery flavourless ones. You will not believe the taste when you eat them fresh from your garden.
Until next time. Learn as you grow.
Your friendly Suburban Farmer – Edible Gardens Team
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