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Blueberries

Tough to grow, but worth it

Blueberries

Lovely, luscious, blueberry .


Blueberries come in 3 sizes: high bush -- 6 to 8 feet tall; low bush -- knee high; and hybrids about 4 feet tall. I carry native low bush -- surplus from a reclamation project up north, and two hybrids.

Blueberries need very acidic soil. Try 40% peat moss, 40% compost remainder clay based loam. Rototill in about 1 lb of sulfur per square yard the year before.

Blueberries are bog plants. They don't like running short on water, but they live in the upper mossy areas of the bog. So: Can't be sodden, can't dry out. It's easiest to grow them in containers.

Containers should be about 1.5 to 2 feet across and at least 10 inches deep. Fill with a fifty-fifty mix of soil and peat moss. Water with azalea fertilizer at 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons every two weeks, and regular water to keep damp. Mulch heavily with wood chips. If you prefer you can grow them in a raised bed. Put them about 3 feet apart. Layers of cardboard under the wood chips reduce weeds.

Chippewa is a cultivar that has marble sized fairly sweet berries.

Northcountry has slightly smaller berries that have a stronger flavour.


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