Thursday, 8 March 2012

Soft Fruit Galore

Hot on the heels of the Ribes  that we bought the other day, this little fellow arrived.

He's a Blueberry, and a much appreciated Anniversary Gift from Steve's daughter and her husband.

They didn't know we had been buying soft fruit bushes but we had admired their Blueberry Bush last summer.

I shall be admiring more of their plants next time we visit :)

A quick read tells me that Blueberries do well alongside Heather.

We have a Heather Bed that is "in the way".
Half of it disappeared so that we could get vehicles down to the Pigpen, and the remaining half has been under threat ever since. I'm loathe to get rid of it since it was planted by my Mum.
I shall have to get my Thinking Cap on and decide where the Blueberry can go, then transplant some Heather to go with it.

Meanwhile, I am dreaming of Blueberry Muffins!

19 comments:

  1. Coincidence! I found four lovely Blueberry plants this morning, two each of Jersey and Patriot. You obviously know about the need for acid soil, but don't forget their potential size ... I'm going to put ours in two of the potager raised beds where I can see them from the house, the bushes have nice autumn colour.

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    1. Hmm... nice idea about having them in raised beds :)

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  2. Fabulous! I got my first blueberry bushes last year and had a great crop from them both. I have another new one this year (a little one though) so I don't know if I'll get much of a harvest from that one this year. Make sure they get plenty of sunlight wherever you decide to plant them.

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    1. That's encouraging, thanks! :) We have a south facing garden so sunshine won't be a problem if the weather plays ball :)

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  3. What a great present! I'd be pleased with a free blueberry bush any day :)

    Do you know that they do so well with heather since they both love very acidic soil? In fact we have loads of wild 'Bilberries', which are cousins of the Blueberry, growing wild alongside heather on the hills here.

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    1. I've been Bilberry picking in the IOM, up near Groudle Glen I think?
      I'm guessing if I pop it in where the Heather currently grows it should be happy.

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  4. I have a few blueberries to go in too - I am hopeful they will like our peaty slightly acid soil. What a thoughtful present though xx

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    1. Steve's daughter is great at presents :) From what everyone else is saying about the soil, you should be fine :)

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  5. Good luck with them! I have failed miserably multiple times trying to grow them. I think my soil is just not acidic enough no matter how i try to improve it:( i adore them too! yea, i am so glad you have them now:) xx

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    1. Oh dear :( We have different soil ph's all over the place, but as we already have heather I think its bed is made :)

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  6. Blueberry muffins sound good.

    We might have a blueberry plant on our allotment but we are not 100% sure, we will just have to wait and see what happens!

    Martin :0)

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    1. The joy of a new allotment :) First year, just wait and see what things are - what fun!

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  7. Blue berries besides being very tasty are also a very beneficial plant as far as our health is concerned.

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  8. I bought a new blueberry plant this year, so that makes three altogether now. I'm hoping for a better harvest than I've had for the last couple of years. Blueberries look stunning in autumn when their leaves turn a gorgeous red colour.

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    1. Hope you get a good harvest this year, Jo. Thanks for the tip about autumn colour :)

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    1. Tanya, I published then removed because your comment had an email address in and I wasn't sure if you meant it to be public :)

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  10. Thank you all for your interesting and helpful comment on Blueberries :)

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