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Blueberries – What they Need

We use to have a lot more access to pine needles where we use to live.  I could use tons of them if I could still get them. Fortunately, for the last couple of years Bill has been able to find a place where he can get a small truck load of them. And that amount will probably be just enough for my blueberries […]

Blueberries – Notes

A basic principle with almost any fruit or vegetable is the more you harvest the more the plant produces.

My blueberry bushes – for more than a decade — have started producing berries the first week in June and continued through July. June’s berries are slightly larger (about the size of a dime) than July’s berries (a little smaller than a dime.)

For years […]

Garden Tips - Be Patient and Observe

This garden tip can increase your over all harvest by 5% or more.  In some years you’ll get 100% of what you would have without doing it.

The only things you need to do are be patient and observe what you have.

Here are some examples:

Blueberries

The normal state of affairs.

I have 6 bushes.  I harvest everyday from about the first […]

Plan to Succeed - Plan for Backup

You know the principal from being successful in your finances, your career, or your kitchen.  Even in the garden – to insure success –  plan for backup whenever it’s possible.

Every year has a different set of variables no matter where you live.  All it takes is a slight alteration of variables like temperatures, rain, heat, etc. for one crop to flourish more (or less) than it did in previous years.

I depend heavily on my garden as a food source.  Not only does the produce taste better, but it’s much more life giving than store bought food.  To insure that there is always something to eat, planning for backup is part of my routine.  Actually, it’s pretty easy most of the time.

Here are a few suggestions on planning for backup. —–read more—-

Pruning Blueberry Bushes

If you’ve had blueberries for some years now and have annually pruned out dead wood, a few older branches,  twiggy branches, cross branching, and in short opened your bushes to sunlight — Congratulations!  You are enjoying bushes that give you better yields and larger berries.

If you have new bushes in the ground this year —–now is the opportunity to being annual pruning and reap the reward of plentiful crops rather than average crops

If you have old bushes that have become overgrown masses of weak, leggy growth with small fruit  from neglected yearly pruning, take heart, its not to late to —–read more—-

Blueberry Tip

We’ve been without rain for almost 4 weeks.  There may have been a shower or two at various places, but believe me it’s dry. I’m not set up to water things, but my gardens withstand drought better than most because of the way the beds were originally prepared, the organic matter in the soil, and the mulch.

Everything has done well except for the plants I started late, and even those look pretty good but are not producing as heavily as they normally would.

I mentioned to someone today that I have been picking blueberries everyday since June 12th. I have more than 3 gallons in the freezer for winter and have made pies with another gallon and I’m still picking. They were amazed because someone else they knew who had blueberry bushes said all their berries dried on the bush.

I didn’t think to ask, but I wonder how the ground was prepared for those blueberry bushes. If a hole was dug and the bush planted and that’s it ——then no wonder the berries dried on the bush at the first sign of stress.

If you are thinking of planting blueberries be sure you —–read more—-

Blueberries - Beware of Root Competition

May 28, 2010

Blueberries are just about my favorite fruit to freeze for winter use. (Blueberry pie is the best!) I have — just as a precaution for the future — added 4 new blueberry bushes this spring.

If you’re a blueberry fan like I am, my guess is – you would not want to think of being without homegrown berries to pick.

From what I see, the main thing addressed about blueberries seems to be —–read more—-

Raspberries for Your Garden

Fruit can be in almost every home garden.

In all the years I’ve gardened I never thought about growing raspberries until 2007 after finding a recipe using red raspberries that I wanted to add to my list of special “company is coming” recipes.  Sadly it never occurred to me back then to search the web and I searched the catalogs instead.

I read that Latham summer bearers were suppose to be some of the best!  Boy was I disappointed!  After planting in the  fall of 07, first fruits  came in 2008. They were small, mushy, and horrible tasting!  Realizing that I had made a mistake, I ordered —–read more—-

Mulching Your Fruits, Vegetables, and Perennials


April 10

Some folks have told me they don’t have an understanding of how to mulch certain vegetable beds.  They reason that the newly emerged vegetables will be mashed by the mulch.

Using crops that are currently planted in my garden (or will be soon) as examples below, I’ve been more specific about just —–read more—-

Fresh Only? Canning? Drying? Freezing?

April 5

I got an email from a good friend today who had just read my last post. He said, “I’ll bet there are very few Americans who bother with storing food for the winter anymore.”

Well – I guess we are in the minority but I think there are probably more of us out there than he thinks. From what I read there is a large shift —–read more—-