In the fall of 2010, 110 blueberry bushes were planted here at 47 Daisies. The plants did extremely well with almost 100% survival. 100% survival throughout the heart of the drought all the way into September........then doom. The very hot, dry weather of September put them over the edge and they started literally crisping like a fried piece of bacon. In an attempt to save some of the planting, 30 plants were transplanted out to their new location up by the asparagus bed. This is now their permanent home and we will assess the survival in 2011 prior to putting in additional plants. The new bed has been mulched very heavily to prevent moisture loss and eliminate weed pressure and will be set up with an irrigation system. The mulch will continue to decompose over the coming years providing needed nutrients for the growing bushes. Assuming that we receive even close to normal precipitation patterns they should do spectacularly and we should have oodles of berries by the 2012 season.
Blueberries are an interesting crop in that they are suited to all types of environments (i.e. shade, sun, poor soil, good soil, etc.). This being said they are a great addition to even a small yard. Using edibles in your landscaping is a great way to increase your own production of food. Blueberry bushes also provide a beautiful flame red color in the fall/early winter as their leaves change colors and the plants go dormant.
Hopefully we get some relief from this ongoing drought!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )