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Blueberry bushes are the surprise addition to your edible landscape
Edible landscaping is the hot garden topic for 2011. What does that mean for you? Anything from cranking up the design in your kitchen garden, to tearing out your front lawn and replacing it with great-looking edible plants.
Two of the cardinal rules of edible gardening (whether you’re planning a Peter-Rabbit-style vegetable patch or an eye-popping display in the front yard):
1) Grow what you like to eat
2) Grow produce that costs a lot to buy at the farmers’ market or grocery store
We’re guessing that near the top of your list will be—blueberries!
Choose from the Southern Highbush blueberry varieties, which are happy in warm areas. They’re self-pollinating but you’ll get even more fruit if you plant different varieties together.
Blueberries are insanely good for you. They’re full of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber. New studies show blueberries clean up toxic brain debris, lower blood pressure, and even reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Landscaping with blueberries
Blueberry bushes enhance landscapes as hedges (a row of different varieties will display a range of fall color, from burgundy to orange to blue-green) or in a group of perennials. Use smaller varieties (like ‘Sunshine Blue’) as container plants to create edible accents flanking your front door, or on your patio.
Blueberries need acid, well-drained soil. You’ll probably have to amend your soil with compost and sulfur, or grow in containers. For full details on warm-weather blueberry culture and soil preparation, see “Growing Blueberries in the Sacramento Region” by the Cooperative Extension in Sacramento County.
Pick a blueberry bush, or two or three
Some favorite varieties in warm areas are ‘Misty’, ‘Sunshine Blue’, ‘O’Neal’, and ‘Sharpblue’. Try ‘Sunshine Blue’ as one of your varieties. It’s a mid-season blueberry bush and will extend your harvest beyond the other early-season bushes.
Visit our website, where we have all these blueberry bushes and more, or come to our store and nursery at 125 Clydesdale Court in Grass Valley. Everything in our catalog is available in Grass Valley. If it’s not on the store shelves you can go to the warehouse desk (and hear the rooster crow when your warehouse order is ready!)
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Sep 22nd, 2013 at 1:51 pm
I would like to know if these blueberries can grow in a humid, hot climate such as Belize?
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Sep 30th, 2013 at 11:17 am
Thomas, The Southern Highbush blueberries do require 100 chill hours, so you’ll have to check your winter climate records. Here is how to measure chill hours (I hope a local agriculture agency has already got the data for you) http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/articles/find-your-thrill-with-blueberry-chill-hours
Feb 13th, 2015 at 8:24 am
I live in southern nevada where in winter the temp can drop into the very low 20’s and in summer soaring towards 120. Is it possible to grow blueberries successfully with blueberries worthy of consuming?
Suzanne at Peaceful Valley Says:
Feb 13th, 2015 at 1:00 pm
You can grow them but it will be challenging. The hot dry temperatures and the possible alkaline soil will be two hurdles to overcome. You might try growing them in containers, like a smart pot (20 gallon). You would fill with a mix of potting soil and peat. Now that you have optimum soil conditions, you will need to provide some afternoon shade. If you are putting them in pots, you can just locate them so they won’t get cooked by the hot afternoon sun. Or if planting in the ground, put some shade cloth to help cut down on the heat. Also, they are heavy feeders, so feed them every 3 to 4 weeks after they start to bloom. Good luck.