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!


  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!

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

  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...

  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.

  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 :)

  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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