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Blueberry Bushes

Blueberries are a very rewarding crop being expensive in the supermarkets and yet relatively easy to grow. They need acid soils below pH 5.5 so in most parts of the country they are best grown in a large pot of ericaceous compost, watered with rain water and fed with ericaceous plant feed. Alternatively, if you prefer to plant them in the ground, choose a sunny spot and incorporate plenty of ericaceous compost mixed with soil from the planting hole before you backfill with the mixture. Still use ericaceous feed in the spring and summer plus top dress with composted pine needles or similar acidic mulch, once or twice per year.

Seasonal Care
Water with rainwater (but in drought conditions use tap water if necessary rather than let them dry out) and feed fortnightly in spring and summer with ericaceous feed. When the berries are swelling try alternating this feed with tomato food to get a heavier crop. The crop does not ripen all at once so you can be picking berries for a few weeks. There are also early, mid and late season varieties which will help you extend the time you can eat your own berries to months rather than weeks. Blueberries only need light pruning to thin out overcrowded bushes and crossing stems.

Provided you follow these requirements you will be delighted with the number of berries you will be picking over quite a few weeks. The season can be extended by using varieties which fruit early, mid-season or late

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