We have a grouping of blueberry bushes that in past years have provided us with blueberries for the whole year (once they were picked and frozen). I also had extra to share. For the last two years the bushes bloomed too early and were frozen. We received only a handful of blueberries both years.
This year the bushes bloomed at the right time, the weather was perfect at the right time, and our bushes are full of blueberries.
Blueberries love acidic, clay soil. To get berries, you have to plant at least two different varieties of bushes near each other for cross pollination. I add pine needles yearly as mulch around the bushes, and they thrive. This past year, during the non-bearing time, I allowed our chickens to scratch under the bushes and eat bugs and grubs. It seemed that was the chickens’ favorite spot to be most of the time.
I am so excited that the two years of having no blue berries is over. I can’t wait to start picking.
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:7 KJV)
Collette, my sweet daughter-in-law, is coming to help in the garden today. I am very, very excited and hope to have knew things to share next week about our experiences of working together.
Have a great weekend!