How to Plant Blueberries in Your Garden

 


Blueberries Are a Great Asset For Any Garden

Having blueberry plants in your garden is a great choice because it is an exceedingly healthy fruit that can provide a tonne of antioxidant goodness to you and your family members.  Blueberries are delicious even when you eat them on their own or along with other foods like cereal, pancakes and yogurt.

Blueberry cultivation can be a difficult but fulfilling garden experience. There are many varieties of blueberries to choose from. There are three distinct types: High bush, semi-high bush and low bush. Whichever variety you choose, it is recommended that you plant at least two or more varieties that ripe at different times to give you maximum yield over the harvest season. This is especially important for many commercial growers, but can also be implemented in your home garden. In order to grow the best plants you will need o follow this realtively straight forward process.

What You Need:

  • Blueberry plants
  • Gardening shovel
  • Peat
  • Mulch
  • Gardening shears

Method:

  1. By choosing a variety of blueberry plants, it will make your backyard garden even more colorful. There are several types of blueberry plants such as the high-bush type and the half-high bush type. For each of the mature high-bush plants you can attribute about 2 to 4 kgs of blueberries, while for the half-high plant provides only 500gms to 1.5kgs of blueberries.
  2. Choose a location in your backyard which has access to full sunlight and also adequate drainage because if there is too much water, it could kill the blueberry plants. Apart from that, the soil that you want to plant the blueberry in should provide a pH level of between 4.0 up to 5.5.
  3. Blueberry plants can be purchased from your local nursery and remember to plant the blueberry during spring  because it is the best season and most suitable to plant blueberries.
  4. Then, dig a hole big enough to hold the plant’s roots and should be at least 0.6m wide and between 45 to 65 cms deep.
  5. Carefully wet through the blueberry plant’s roots with water before you start to set it in with soil. Place the blueberry plant into the hole and then fill the hole with a combination of moist peat and soil in order to secure the plant before you water the plant straight away.
  6. Then go ahead and plant the other plants at least 1.2 to 1.8 mteres apart from each other and the space half-high varieties of up to 1.2 metres.
  7. Next, you have to spread about 8cms high of mulch on the top of the soil. Then, spread 8cms  of mulch (like pine needles, wood chips, sawdust or shredded leaves) on top of the soil and around the plant in order to help retain moisture and protect the roots in hot weather.

If you are looking for some fantastic blueberry recipes for when your fruit are ready then check out some here. Enjoy!

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  1. April 17, 2013  2:29 pm by toofin Reply

    I have planted a lot of useful herbs and plants in my backyard, after reading this I'm thinking of adding a blueberry too...

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