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The edge were tree meets field creates a haven for all sorts of critters.


Tough to grow, but worth it


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.

Food -- Blueberry

Species/Cultivar Container/Format Count Size Price
Blueberry, Chippewa #1 Std pot (3 qt) -2 $18.00
Blueberry, Chippewa #1 Std pot (3 qt) 20 12-18 in. $18.00
Blueberry, Chippewa #1 Std pot (3 qt) 5 2-2.5 ft. $18.00
Blueberry, Northland #1 Std pot (3 qt) -3 $18.00
Blueberry, Northland #1 Std pot (3 qt) 20 12-18 in. $18.00
Blueberry, Northland #1 Std pot (3 qt) 6 2-2.5 ft. $18.00
Blueberry, wild 125 ml plug -180 $3.00
Blueberry, wild 125 ml plug 180 5-5 in. $3.00
Cranberry, Bog 125 ml plug -180 $3.00
Cranberry, Bog 125 ml plug 180 5-5 in. $3.00

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