How to grow blueberries - my advice
Judging by the responses, the summer residents are seriously interested in this so far rare in our areas of culture and look at it now no longer with suspicion, but with appetite. The more interesting the next report on the work done and the harvest harvested.
Blueberry seedlings as a gift
To be honest, I once thought that growing up in a country house of blueberries was a blessed thing. Why do this if you have strawberries? True, the plantations of this berry never saw - only in the forest a couple of bushes in the lowlands met. Therefore, the taste of it as it should not tasted. A few years ago, I took a little bike tour with my son around the neighborhoods of our gardening, and in the neighboring village I was attracted by a site with strange bushes, completely covered with berries. She stopped and began to stare at this miracle through the fence. Then the master appeared. It turned out that it was his blueberry that had grown enormously.
We met and talked. Seeing my genuine interest, Victor even allowed me to "take off the foam" from the bushes. That's when I sunk into blueberries ...
The next spring, I went to him again, grabbing a jar of my own honey, sort of like an exchange. And Victor gave me seedlings, and also told me how and what to do with it. The place for blueberries I have long looked after - near the bathhouse, where apart from the cosmetology and calendula nothing grew. The place is sunny, the wind is covered.
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Planting of blueberry seedlings
While my son was preparing pits, I drove with a wheelbarrow to the near line and dug up the soil from under the pines (I collected it in a separate bag and needles). Then she drove back to the swamp for peat: the blueberry grows just in such conditions, so she can not do without it. And the son in the meantime pits dug wide, but deep in a half bayonet bayonet.
Overstrained, in short. I was already upset, and then decided that it was even for the best.
From the inside, we laid them out with old, tattered black bags, in which the products from the store were worn-this is so that peat does not wash away when watering, and the excess water freely leaves.
The bottom of each fossa was strewn with branches left after pruning the apples and cut into pieces, then poured a thick layer of pine needles, and another "sandwich" of four alternating layers of peat and humus was placed on top. All this kindness is a little bit of pitchforks and turns. In general, we have been busy with these holes all day.
Towards evening they finally began planting. Carefully each root was straightened, sprinkled with earth, immediately beaded with needles and poured with warm water from the barrel. I remember how I could not wait for the morning - I wanted so much to see how our blueberry is. Nothing, the leaves are not withered, although it was cool at night.
A decent relative
So we became the owners of a new garden culture. Over the summer, the bushes were allowed new twigs. Planting I did not weed and did not loosen, only a couple of times mulch the needles. When the first flowers appeared next spring, here was our joy! Especially since the pink small flowers of blueberries, similar to lilies of the valley, are simply amazingly beautiful. Now, when the bushes are large, they are in the flowering period like flowerbeds.
Blueberries - care
The first berries ripened in August next year. I water the blueberry very carefully: if you pour it, its roots will rot, and if it's not - it will dry up.
I determined experimentally this rate: for half a bucket of warm water under each bush twice a week.
If it's raining, I'm laying under the bushes. Of course, blueberries grow in swamps without any such tricks. But that's wild, and I have a garden, sort, by the way, Blue Placer. And her bushes are higher than those of the swamp sister, and the berries are half bigger and juicier. Now my plantings are already six years old, and this is almost a tree to a height of half a meter.
This year I cut off a few old branches for the first time, on which the leaves crushed heavily, there was little fruit on them. She also undercut young ones, those that had become too densely inside the bush to grow. For the winter I do not hide the blueberries, only the snow is well trampled down and on it I scatter the whole lot of pine needles. We have hungry mice in the winter, though they bite everything, but through this barrier they still do not make it.
Last year, five branches tried to cut for breeding. Stuck them in the ground in a greenhouse and covered them with cut plastic bottles. Only two survived, and now I have young seedlings growing up. I continue to take care of the main bushes. Every spring I must pour peat with pine sawdust, sometimes I add dry moss and ash.
Blueberries do not suffer from any diseases that usually affect the currant, raspberries, and all the other pets of our garden. And yet I still put under the bushes stems of tansy, string, celandine. This and mulch supplementary, and the very sort of how calmer.
From the third year my bushes started to give so many berries, that was enough for jam and pies. Harvest, by the way, with the bushes is different. Those that are closer to the bath house, always give more fruits - apparently, additional heat is received from the walls heated by the sun. And I noticed that the berries on the shady side of the bushes are not as sweet as on the sunny side, but from this you can not escape anywhere.
It's important not to miss the time of collection, but then the berries very quickly ripen. I remember how I was waiting for them to get better, and began to collect - they crawl in their hands.
Harvest I collect in the morning, when the fruits are still cool and covered with a matt coating. From one kind of appetite is played out. By the way, blueberry, unlike blueberries, does not spoil hands at all, therefore it is much more pleasant to collect it. A lot of berries we eat fresh, but enough for jam. And I really like to mix it during cooking with strawberries or raspberries. For the winter I'm freezing a little. I tried to dry it - I did not like it very much, because the taste is lost, the berries become somehow fresh. So stock up with peat, pine needles, cones - and grow blueberries.
© Author: Galina Voronezh
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