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 prepare your soil deeply and add plenty of organic matter.
And in the fall give your the bushes a deep mulch of straw and leaves to feed them. I mulch them almost a foot deep and all but about 1/2 inch disappears by the early summer. They seem to love the leaves as nourishment.
Blueberries are well suited for the home gardener. They just require a little attention and they will pay you back with an abundance of fruit and hardiness in times of drought.
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