Fruits – Blueberries
We have grown blueberries for about 20 years now. They are very easy to grow as long as you provide the plants with an acidic soil. We do that by sprinkling sulfur on the soil in early spring. You can also put a layer of peat moss on the soil but I’ve had especially good luck using the sulfur the past two years.
The main problem with growing blueberries is that birds are only too happy to help themselves to the berries. I have a problem with that. In the past, we’ve covered the bushes with bird netting but the berries would get caught in the netting which drove me nuts.
This year, we’re trying something different as you can see by the second photo. We are using a floating row cover placed over the entire bed. It keeps the birds out but allows moisture, light and air to get to the plants. My husband weighted down the edges by tucking small rocks here and there and securing them by wrapping rubber bands around them. I realize the row cover looks funky but hey, it’s doing the job and only has to be on the bushes for about 3 weeks.
It’s hard to find floating row cover large enough to cover a bed like this. We needed a piece about 28 feet long by 21 feet wide. We found a 100-foot roll of 7-foot-wide row cover at Johnny’s Seeds. I cut three 28-foot-long strips and sewed them together on my sewing machine. It’s working well so far. We’re going to take really good care of it so it will last a few years.
We started picking the berries about 10 days ago and are enjoying them on cereal in the mornings, in muffins and in smoothies. Don’t you just love summer fruits?