Garden Tales: Bluberries & Carrots

Blueberries & Carrots

Blueberries and carrots are two favourite foods. I like to grow and cook as much of my own food as possible. This guarantees both freshness and flavour. However, often the space available to me especially over the past five years when we have been moving, our friends have begun to call us urban nomads, the gardening situation is often limited. Choices need to be made, what to grow and how to grow it, for example.

This year we are moving but I have secured a good shared garden arrangement. So I am thinking about what I want tog row and what work I need to do before planting.

I will grow carrots and a blueberry bush or two is most tempting, but the plants needs differ. They require a different soil pH.

Simply put, pH is a number ranging from 1 to 14 which measures just how acidic or alkaline a substance is.  A neutral or nearly neutral soil has a pH level of around 7 however; think of a range of 6 to 8 as being quite neutral for most plants.

Carrots appreciate a soil pH of between 5.5 and 7.0, which is similar to a wide range of vegetables. On the other hand, blueberries favour a pH around 4.5; this means that you are not going to plant both of these eye friendly foods in the same patch.

Blueberries:

The biggest problem that people have with growing blueberries is that they thrive in a slightly acidic soil that many other plants, especially vegetables, do not like. So you can either build your own blueberry patch and adjust the soil to suit or consider containers. There are dwarf varieties available that will produce fruit in containers.

The garden that I am sharing this season and hopefully for the next five years has sat idle for at least six or seven years. There are perennials in abundance, in fact many of the bulbs have escaped the beds and are scattered throughout the yard and the railway right of way behind the property. Step one will eb to test the soil; after I have cleaned the beds a bit, step two add organic material.

The carrots will find a home in a mixed planting bed. Diversity is vital to an ecosystem’s health and a garden can be viewed as an ecosystem; an ecosystem cared for and nurtured by people. The mixed planting is diverse combining vegetables, herbs and flowers.

I may plant the blueberries in container, but first I will do some soil tests, there are a few conifers on the site and the soil near them could be ideal for growing blueberries, testing will tell me what needs to be done, perhaps nothing, perhaps minor amendments.

Carrots and blueberries will be a part of this new garden and I look forward to the harvest.

Carrots, sliced

Always have carrots handy for soups, stews, stir fries plus, Bob Ewing photo
Always have carrots handy for soups, stews, stir fries plus, Bob Ewing photo

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Chasuk 6 years ago

I've never done any gardening, so I know little about mixed planting, but this article was informative. Thank you for writing it.


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gracenotes 6 years ago from North Texas

I hope your new gardening experience is great. Sorry you have to move, but you will be stretching yourself, I think.


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks, Chasuk, http://hubpages.com/living/How-to-Design-the-Mixed...

gracenotes, it will be s stretch a welcomed one. thanks for the comment.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, for such informative hub. I never thought of a mixed gardening and now I can see the point and advantages.


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks Bob,just the info about container blueberries. I am going to be starting my Georgia gardening experience and your knowledge of container gardening will be really helpful.


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

reddog, glad the hub helps, HH, thanks .


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myawn 6 years ago from Florida

great hub I love blueberries all your hub have good advice. I like container gardening.


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks, myawn, for dropping by.


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marisuewrites 6 years ago from USA

You just mentioned two items that are to me, garden candy! Fresh carrots are full of flavor - much different than those we purchase at the store. And who could criticize a blueberry, one of the healthiest anti-oxidant fruits there is!

I did not know the soil requirements, and think I would choose the container type of gardening for the blueberries. Keep us posted if the dwarf variety works for you! Do Blueberries bear fruit the first season?

I planted asparagus once and not only did I plant the plant upside down, it didn't produce for 3 seasons, but when it did, YUM. I Do tend to plant first and question later. oops.


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Blueberries can produce fruit the 1st season. Mistakes are learning experiences.


Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

Enjoyed your hub. I have been gardening for many years - my hair is as white as your beard. I'm curious, did you plant the blueberries near the conifers or opt for container plants? Did you have a good crop?


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Went the container route and had a reasonable crop, looking to improve next year.


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li smith ion-eco 6 years ago from Hermanus, South Africa

Great gardening tips! Thank you for a wonderful hub!


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Bob Ewing 6 years ago from New Brunswick Author

You are welcome, happy growing.


saki mae 4 years ago

carrots is very useful........pls eat carrots for a good sight

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