Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The First Blueberries

The beginning of fruit season officially started at my house this week.  After a lovely warm weekend with temperatures in the high seventies and low eighties, my blueberry bushes kicked into high gear and I got to harvest the first of the berries yesterday.


The chickens were right there just in case I dropped any.


I moved my plants up onto the bench and table a few weeks back as the girls were pecking at any berry and flower they could get to every morning.  I keep thinking about planting my blueberries in the ground, but it's just so easy to move them around when I need to if they stay in pots.


When I planted them three years ago, I followed the directions on this site to pot them up.  Blueberries prefer acidic soil, so when I water, I add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to my 2 gallon watering can when I remember.  I should do it every time I water them, but I'm a lazy gardener.  Also, I saved a giant bucket of pine chips from a local tree removal that I've been adding to the top of the pots occasionally, with a bit of compost to feed them a few times a year.  Other than that, I don't pay them much attention until I see bits of blue amongst the leaves.


You can't beat homegrown blueberries on top of homemade granola for breakfast.  Even if you only have a balcony for growing food, add a few blueberry plants to your life!

6 comments:

  1. YUM! Thanks for the tip about vinegar in with their water. We have one lonely, rather neglected blueberry bush, also in a pot. Enjoy!

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  2. yummy...aren't blueberries just the best in the morning?

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  3. Oh I miss blueberries - perhaps I had better just try and grow some. We have a balcony but I have to get my hands on a plant...and yes, they are the best for breakfast or some eggs from your adorable hens...

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  4. I have two blueberry bushes in pots on my balcony, but they're not doing so hot this year. I think our crazy New England weather has something to do with it.
    I've never heard about the vinegar thing, but when I get home tonight they need watered so I'll try it and see if that makes them happier.
    Thanks!

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  5. Belatedly commenting... Sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing about how you care for your blueberries. We are hoping to have berry bushes someday when we have a house! We had blueberries, blackberries and raspberries at our summer house in Maine when I was a kid and I have lots of fond memories of berry picking and eating :)

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  6. We're about a month out on blueberries here. I just at some frozen ones, blended with coconut milk and honey. Fresh would have been better, luck you!

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