How to grow blueberries - my tips
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 considered growing a blueberry in a country house a whim. Why is it necessary if there is strawberry? True, I have never seen plantations of this berry - only in the forest I met a couple of bushes in the lowlands. Therefore, it did not taste it properly. And a few years ago I took a little bike trip with my son to the outskirts of our gardening, and in a neighboring village I noticed a site with strange bushes, completely covered with berries. She stopped and began to stare at this miracle through the fence. Then the owner appeared. It turned out that it was he who had just grown blueberries magnificently.
Met, talked. Seeing my genuine interest, Victor even allowed me to "remove the foam" from the bushes. That's when I sunk into blueberries ...
The following spring, I again went to him, grabbing a jar of my own honey, sort of like for an exchange. And Victor gave me seedlings, and also told how and what to do with it. I have looked for a place for blueberries for a long time - near the bathhouse, where apart from cosmea and calendula, nothing grew. The place is sunny, covered from the wind.
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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 holey black bags in which products from the store were worn - so that the peat would not be washed out during irrigation and the excess water left freely.
The bottom of each hole was strewn with branches that remained after pruning the apple trees and cut into pieces into secateurs, then a thick layer of needles was poured, and a “sandwich” of four alternating layers of peat and humus was laid on top. Whether all this good was a little forked and trampled. In general, we fussed with these pits all day.
Towards evening, they finally began to land. Carefully each root was straightened, sprinkled with earth, immediately mulched by needles and poured warm water from a barrel. I remember how I could not wait for the morning - I really wanted to see how our blueberries were there. Nothing, the leaves did not fade, 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 blueberries very carefully: if overflowed, its roots will rot, if not enough, they will dry out.
I determined experimentally this rate: for half a bucket of warm water under each bush twice a week.
If the rain charges, I will lay a film under the bushes. Of course, blueberries grow in swamps without any such tricks. But it’s wild, and I have a garden one, a grade, by the way, Blue placer. And her bushes are higher than that of the swamp sister, and the berries are half larger and juicier. Now my plantings are already six years old, and this is almost a tree up to half a meter tall.
This year, for the first time, I pruned several old branches on which the leaves were chopped heavily; there were few fruits on them. They also cut young ones - those that began to grow too thick inside the bush. I don’t cover the blueberries for the winter, I just trample the snow well and generously sprinkle all the same needles over it. We have hungry mice in the winter, though they gnaw everything, but still they don’t get through such a barrier.
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 began to give so many berries that it was enough for jam and pies. Harvest, by the way, from the bushes is different. Those that are closer to the bathhouse always give more fruit - apparently, they get additional heat from the walls heated by the sun. And I also noticed that the berries on the shady side of the bushes are not as sweet as on the sunny, but you can’t get anywhere.
It is important not to miss the moment of collection, otherwise the berries ripen very quickly. I remember how I waited for them to fill up better, and began to collect - they are spreading in my hands.
Harvest in the morning, when the fruit is still cool and covered with a matte coating. From one kind of appetite is played out. By the way, blueberries, unlike blueberries, do not get your hands dirty at all, so picking it up is much more pleasant. We eat a lot of berries fresh, but enough for jam. And I really like to mix it during cooking with strawberries or raspberries. I freeze a little for the winter. I tried to dry - I didn’t really like it, because the taste is lost, the berries become somehow fresh. So stock up on peat, pine needles, cones - and grow blueberries.
© Author: Galina Voronezh
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