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.
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.
- Soil pH Levels for Vegetables at The Gardener\'s Network
Vegetables soil pH levels are vital for healthy plant growth. Find the proper pH level for your vegetables here.
With flavors that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional stars bursting with nutrition and flavor while being very low in calories.