Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Blueberry Project

I've had dreams of being able to grow blueberries. Living in Southern California I always thought it was not an option. But then this week our local garden center advertised that they had blueberry plants on sale that were USDA Cold Hardiness in Zones 6-10, and were "a standout in the garden or in containers". Bingo! Just what I wanted. We are zone 9, so I jumped over to Armstrong Garden Center and bought three plants and the acid soil necessary to grow berries.

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So here is my $130 purchase, most of which was spent on the soil. How many pints of berries do I have to yield before I get my money's worth?


The tag advises to plant two types of blueberries to get the highest yield. So I bought two Bountiful Blue Blueberry plants


and one Sunshine Blue Blueberry plant.


They are a nice looking plant in the pots.  They are supposed to grow to 4 feet high and 4 feet wide. Even if we don't get blueberries, the plants will make a lovely hedge to create a wall in the yard.


Hopefully next year I'll be posting photos like this.

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Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

16 comments:

Kyle Stanley said...

this is exciting! can't wait to eat em all. yum

Kelli said...

It IS exciting! I love blueberries, and have forever wished that we lived in "blueberry country", but we're up here in the central valley.. then I found a U-pick blueberry farm 20 min away from our house this summer. I was in heaven! Good luck to you.. they really can grow in the heat. Have some in my freezer to prove it. Would love to get a couple of bushes. xo

LuLu said...

YUM! I have also wanted to grow blueberries forever! We planted some raspberry bushes this year but they did very poorly. I'll have to try again next year. I hope yours do great!

Susan Standen said...

I grew up picking containers of blueberries in the wild near our house in Nova Scotia. Hope you get a bountiful harvest.

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, yummy! Blueberries are wonderful and SO good for you...one of those super foods they talk about! Good luck - you have green fingers, so I think they'll do well!

Katy Cameron said...

I'm definitely dropping by once you get the berries growing :oD Good luck!

Dianne Neale said...

I put some blueberries in this year but they are much smaller (and much cheaper!)although I have two bushes of the same sort. Nothing from them this year but we'll compare notes next year.

Chase said...

We are blueberries lovers here!! It goes well with any baking!! I wish we have our farmhouse, so we can start planting our fruit trees. The best of all is the picking part!! Maybe you'll be canning blueberry jam next year, as well!! :)

Leanne said...

I hope that they grow well, blueberries are the best!

Marfa said...

I hope they grow well...the plants are sure pretty, even if you don't get enough blueberries for them to pay for themselves. ♥

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Fingers crossed that you get a whole bushel! (That would be a lot, right?)

Flying Blind... said...

All I am thinking is 'Violet Beauregarde'!

Tamie said...

Good luck with your berries.

Cindy said...

Yum!

Geri said...

Good luck with the blueberries! I'll have to let you be the guinea pig and if they grow I can try some next year =)

Annabella said...

Oh I heart blueberries so much but you can't find them here. Virtually no fruit is imported here and they aren't grown locally. I eat them back in England on muesli and I just love them. Good luck - I'm sure you'll get a god harvest.