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Blueberries: Reliable, Easy to Grow, Healthful, & Delicious

Blueberry BowlThis lecture starts at the beginning, with the kinds and varieties of blueberries to order, and where to order them.

We'll then move on to all-important soil preparation and ongoing soil care, planting, pruning, and harvest. A foray into bird issues ensures that you get to reap your harvest.

The end result may be an overabundance, so we'll conclude with ways in which this problem is easily and happily contended with. You'll leave this lecture with everything you need to know to be picking an abundance of blueberries within just a few years.

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  1. Lyn Barry
    Posted February 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    What type of “roof” supports your blueberry “gazebo”?
    I’ve grown blueberries for 30+years on the north end of Vancouver Island, BC Canada….with lots of success….trying to keep the birds out is another story.
    Thank you…really enjoy your site. Cheers, Lyn

  2. anhkiet
    Posted December 29, 2015 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read a few places that you mentioned using soybean meal for fertilizing the blueberries. Is this all that you do for fertilizing? Are there any worries of nutrient/micronutrient depletion? I mainly grow blueberries in containers (pine bark + peat), so the plant won’t be able to spread its roots as wide and I’m not sure if/how often I should repot or would bark/sawdust mulch + soybean be enough.


    • Posted December 30, 2015 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      If my blueberries were growing in pots filled with sand and peat, I would be concerned about lack of other nutrients besides that supplied by the soybean meal. My blueberries are in the ground so probably get all they need. The appearance and health of the plants supports this belief. If there was a concern, I would apply compost beneath the bushes. Could also do a leaf analysis to test for nutrient deficiencies. Leaf or growth symptoms indicating specific deficiencies would require quicker action, with application of those specific nutrients.

  3. anhkiet
    Posted January 4, 2016 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    Thank you, that answers my question. I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask, but what would be the best way to buy one of your books (preferrably ebook) that would benefit you the most?

    • Posted January 7, 2016 at 9:43 am | Permalink

      I love that question. Best place is from my website, under the “Books” heading. Thanks.

  4. Heather Wolfgram
    Posted August 18, 2020 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Hi Lee,

    I’ve had half my blueberries for 3 years the other half for 2. I knew they needed acidic soil, but now I know I need to significantly reduce the pH in the soil. I’ve done the calculation and I’ll need 3.2 lbs to lower the pH to 4. The soil is currently reading at 8 pH. From what I’ve read, I need to do this in stages, likely over the next year. Do you have suggestions for application? Can I just sprinkle it on top of the soil before I put mulch down for the winter? Do I need to work in into the soil? Scatter across the whole plot (80 sq ft) not just under the plants, correct? I was think about starting with a lb and then testing again in late fall.

    • Posted August 19, 2020 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      No need to bring the pH to 4; pH 5.5 would be adequate.
      You can add the sulfur all at once.
      If the plants look chlorotic, you’ll have to dig it in a little; unfortunately, this will damage some roots.
      If not chlorotic, just sprinkle it over the whole planting area.

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