Friday, June 20, 2014

Growing Blueberries...continued from last Fall

 Last Fall, I had planted 12 different hardy to Saskatchewan blueberry bushes. Three of the low bush blueberries did not survive. They were fine until Spring and then just dried up. They'd been kept in a garage all Winter just above freezing and had been watered enough to keep them dormant.
I put them all on my deck because some were wanting to flower and by golly, I wanted my own blueberries this year, so out they went and of course the bees found them in record time. Because they had been in the garage, the silly things wanted to grow way too early. So when it got too cold, we hauled them all back in for the nights and put them in the sun during the day.

Last week, all the viable plants were planted into the garden and they are doing very well. We've had a cool wet Spring and so the plants did not suffer from sun burn of any sort. They do have berries on them and I will be netting them this week so the birds don't get to eat them before I do!

Next, I will proceed to add pine needles to the plant site as well as other mulch.

Can't wait to taste that first berry!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

You can't believe everything you read on the Net

There are lots of things that I've read on the Net that have worked wonderfully. One of my biggest flops for gardening was the potato in the barrel. Yeah well, it really doesn't work that well. I will be trying it again in the future but all the directions that I read...nothing worked.

This Winter, I tried making all my seeding pots out of newspaper. The directions were awesome and I make all these great little biodegradable newspaper pots. I was worried about the inks in the paper affecting my plants but all the reading I did assured me that the ink was safe and biodegradable.

You know that little voice in your head that speaks to tell you to question it again? Yeah well, I should have listened to it.

I went ahead, filled my cute little pots with organic soil. I carefully seeded all my cute little seeds and waited for them to come up. Some came up and some didn't at all. Then those little seedlings withered and died or turned yellow and shriveled up. What did grow, stopped growing, they were stunted. I had them in a sunny window and under a grow light. Nothing seemed to help.

Look, I've been gardening a long time. Never had such a colossal flop ever. I really mean EVER.

Too late to start any more, I hit up the green house and bought all new ones and put them into the garden.

Not the heritage varieties I wanted. But at least I have a garden.

After seeing what newspaper can do to plants, I decided that I would never use it in my garden for whatever reason.

I really don't want to eat ink anyways...