Friday, May 11, 2012

Garden Plans for Mothers Day Weekend

What are you up to in the garden this weekend?

For me, I am concentrating on increasing my long-term food production sources by planting 3 blueberry bushes.  The blueberry bushes will need acidic soil so I am amending with peat moss, pine chips and coffee grounds.

Blueberry bushes will last in the landscape producing heavily if all goes well for 25-30 years.  Each of the bushes is expected to yield 12 pints each so that is 36 pints of blueberries after they grow a year or two.  One of the bushes I purchased looks like it has 10 pints hanging off of it now because it is a bigger size.  I would say that is enough to make blueberry jam, dry some, freeze some and eat some straight off the bush.

When you plant blueberries, you need at minimum two varieties to ensure good cross-pollination (which increases the yield.)

I leave you with the following poster from 1918.  If you think about it, it's as true now as it was then.  Food security and knowing where your food comes from is still important but for different reasons.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tip about cross-pollinating. I have a blueberry seedling, but no counterpart for it. Hope your Mother's Day was fruitful. =)