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!