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It’s Blueberry Season Here – Woo Hoo!

A good deal of my photography since I displaced myself slightly to the north of the city that was my home has been devoted to documenting what lives and grows here. The fruit blossoms and the fruit are constant subjects and since they are right outside the door I get to practice on them all I want.

I was told that there were early, mid, and late summer varieties of blueberries (and there are a lot of varieties).and that two bushes of each should supply blueberries through a good part of the summer. They were disappointing for a couple of years but had more berries each year. I plan to keep adding more bushes until I have to freeze tons of berries. Anyway, stick with them for a few years. They like acid soil and stuff like peat moss. They are also pretty bushes!

What do you think?

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  1. Here in Montana, we have more huckleberries than blueberries, and there is a huckleberry festival that is held in a town about 40 miles away from here. The problem with this year is that after an unusually harsh and snowy winter (good for the huckleberries), we’ve had a sustained blast of heat and dry weather, with temps getting to 90-110 F daily for the past two weeks. The wild huckleberries are tiny this year and many are drying up on the bush before ripening. They are also ripening several weeks early. Around here, berry time is usually late August and there are already people out in the woods picking huckleberries. (Our two blueberry bushes in our yard have been growing well but didn’t produce at all this year, from the heat.)

    • I also added some native huckleberries to my yard. They are easier than the blueberries as they are native. I have high hopes for them in the future. I understand that they are best eaten fresh or should be frozen because they don’t keep well but I plan to freeze lots of them hopefully. You may be able to find a blueberry variety that would grow where you are. People didn’t used to grow them here much because they take some effort. Mine are doing better each year.

      • I have two blueberry bushes, but the blueberries dried up on the bush before they had the chance to ripen, even though I keep them watered well. The sun has just been too intense. I plan on mulching them heavily with sphagnum moss (mostly to maintain a low pH and to keep the weeds at bay), but I’ve missed out on both harvests this year.

        • You might try shading them with a translucent cloth or make a temporary little fence that shades them for like half the day in the middle. I struggled with mine but now I’m glad I stuck with them. Someone told me that pine needles are good mulch. I feed mine acid loving plant food. I originally planted them in 50 percent peat moss. Good luck with them.

    • I didn’t think they grew where I live until I investigated. They are nice looking bushes for landscaping. It’s not completely easy to grow them here but I’m glad I did try. I recommend them if there are varieties that grow where you are.

  2. I love blueberries in just about anything and all by themselves too!
    I did buy a couple of bushes, but they were very small and hardly had any roots, they never lasted till the next season sad to say, but will try again because they are one of my favourite fruits!

    • I bought really small plants from a local farm the first year. And the ones I’ve added since were very small also. the cost less than $5. It takes a while. A more instant gratification can be had by buying more mature plants for around $30 and after the years I spent I think that’s not such a bad option.

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