Do you love blueberries? What if I told you that you can easily grow them in your backyard and enjoy it profoundly? Well, I think it’s about time to learn how to grow your very own blueberries and never have to deal with the grocery-bought ones, which, let’s face it are never as good as the home-grown ones.
If you have a garden or a small backyard, this gardening adventure is perfect for you. Even if you’re a novice at gardening, growing blueberries is simple and easy and anyone can do it. Plus, blueberries are super-healthy, delicious and loaded with beneficial nutrients. But first let’s see what we need and how to prepare for blueberry growing.
Finding the Perfect Spot
Go outside and look around your backyard. Look for the perfect spot for your blueberries. What you need to look for:
Lots of sunlight
The soil needs to be nutrient rich
They need just the right amount of water so find the best irrigation system for them
In case you don’t have a garden you can plant them in a patio container, they grow in a bush so they’ll look lovely
You’ll need space
Blueberries need space to grow, so if you want to have a nice amount of blueberries you’ll need to make sure they have where to grow. You’ll need to leave them up to 6 feet per bush.
How to Plant the Blueberry Bush?
When you’ve found the perfect spot for your blueberries it’s time you start planting them.
- The best season for blueberry planting is spring or fall.
- Use your hands to prepare the soil for your blueberry bush, free its root and make sure the soil covers the roots completely. The bush needs to be able to stand upright on its own.
- With your hands, pat the soil on top and add some water to hydrate the bush.
- You’ll need to water the blueberries regularly to keep it hydrated.
- Before planting the bush check the soil’s acidity. Its value needs to be pH 5,0 before you plant it.
- You should also check if there’s proper drainage. When you water it, the water shouldn’t stay on top for more than a day or two.
Mulching is crucial
- Use sawdust mulching because it’s the perfect way to boost worm activity in the soil where you’ve planted the bush.
- You need to add 2 to 4 inches of sawdust mulch
- Don’t use redwood or cedar tree sawdust for mulching and do it once a year.
How to prune
- If you want the bush to get stronger you need to prune its branches regularly.
- If you prune its branches frequently you’ll allow it to grow as much as it can.
- Prune the bush with a pair of sharp and strong scissors. Cut off just the ones that are close to the ground and the dead ones.
- If you notice short and dead branches cut them off.
- You’ll need to trim almost a third to half of the branches of your blueberry bush ultimately.
The Soil Needs to Be Fertile if You Want to Grow Blueberries
The most important thing you need to remember is that the soil needs to be fertile.
Always use organic fertilizers and make sure the soil is productive for a longer period of time. You should add the fertilizer in the spring and after pruning.
If you follow our advices you’ll soon have a beautiful blueberry bush with lots of fruits to harvest!
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