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Growing Great Blueberries

Updated on March 10, 2012

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Blueberries and vanilla ice cream, blueberries in oatmeal, blueberry smoothies, blueberry pie, and the list will go on and on.

If you live in an area where the blueberries grow wild, then with some effort and organization you can get a plentiful supply of this summer delight. A few years back we used to buy them from our neighbours who went picking every year and then delivered them to our door.

You can also grow your own. The biggest problem that people have with growing blueberries is that they thrive in a slightly acidic soil that many other pants, especially vegetables, do not like. Blueberries enjoy a ph between 4.5 and 5.5.

If your soil is suitable then you are set. If not it is possible to grow a dwarf variety in containers.

You can amend your soil to accommodate blueberries which enjoy sandy peat soils with a pH of less than 5. This provides the plant with sufficient moisture and organic matter while allowing for ample drainage.

Drainage is important so you may want to grow your blueberries in a raised bed. Raised beds would also be beneficial for areas where the earth has a ph that is too high. You can fill the bed with soil that has just the right ph for the plants to thrive or amend.

Blueberries will grow in heavier clay soils if those soils provided that the soil is amended to allow adequate aeration and drainage.

You can change the soil conditions to those that better suit your blueberries by adding 3 to 4 inches of peat moss or leaf compost and mix in thoroughly with the top 12 to 14 inches of soil.

Fall is a great time to collect and compost your own leafs; ask your neighbours if you can have theirs as well, if you need them. They may look at you strange but are likely to agree, for a little raking and bagging you can gather your own material and make great compost.

Once you have the peat moss or the composted (read well-rotted) material and add it to and mix it into the top foot of clay soil. This will help you bring the soil pH to below 5.

When you go to the nursery to buy the blueberries, purchase two- to- three-year-old potted plants. They have a better survival chance than cuttings do.

You may need to prune the roots and need to prune the plants back to half of their original size.

Be sure to amend the soils first and then plant the blueberries leaving approximately 4 to 6 feet between plants.

Blueberry pie.

Utensils:

1- 9 inch deep-dish Pie Plate

Ingredients:

1- 4 cups of Blueberries fresh

2- 6 tbsp corn starch

3- 3 tbsp water

4- 2 tbsp lemon juice

5- ΒΌ tsp allspice

6- 11/2 tsp cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 375 F

Preparation:

1- wash blueberries.

2- Remove any bits (stems, leaves and any mushy berries

3- Combine all dry ingredients in bowl

4- Add lemon juice, water and stir

Pie Crust, I use 2 frozen pie crust, just as I do for strawberry-rhubarb pie, one for top and another for the bottom.

1- add blueberries to bottom pie crust

2- pour liquid mix over blueberries

3- cover with top crust

4- Use fork to poke holes in top crust

5- Put pie in oven, cook for 1 hour

When crust is golden brown, remove, let cool a bit, slice serve and enjoy, vanilla ice cream is a nice addition.

Whether you grow your own, gather them in the wild or buy them from a local grower, blueberries are an excellent food that you can freeze and enjoy all winter long. There is nothing like a blueberry smoothie or blueberries and oatmeal on a cold winter morning.

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    Isabella 3 years ago

    This weekend, I had ricidulous smoothie cravings, but I was traveling and had zero blender access. This recipe is giving me cravings all over again but happily, I'm back home and can make one for breakfast tomorrow!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Coir is a substitute for peat but not as acidic, you could use small pieces of pine bark instead.

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    Charlinex 7 years ago

    Great hub! I have a two-year old blueberry plant in a container. Besides leaves and peat moss, could you please suggest some other organic ways to add acid to the soil? Thanks. What about pine needles?

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, I am planning to plant blueberries in containers this year, as my site is all gravel. Happy gradening and thanks for dropping by.

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    spiderspun 8 years ago from Utopia, Ontario Canada

    I am enjoying you hubs, wow.

    This hub on blue berries describes my soil type 100 percent.

    I could put blue berries in at the side/front of my place and have the perfect plant, and it will be pickable to.

    I will definately check out the farm supply when they have the garden center this spring. Can't wait

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    excellent, I'll visit and thanks.

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    Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Bob, I am writing a hub featuring my favorite blueberry recipes and am linking to this hub in case readers want to grow their own.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and good growing, thanks for dropping by.

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    laringo 9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

    Thanks for the blueberry growing tips. I think my best chance on growing my own would be a a huge container type planter. My favorite blueberry eats are muffins, smoothies and of course on top of a yogurt nut mix. I did'n't have a blueberry pie recipe until you gave me one. Thanks Bob!

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I agree they are very different, good growing and thanks for dropping by.

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    Dolores Monet 9 years ago from East Coast, United States

    store bought blueberries and just picked blueberries might as well be two different foods - our bushes did not do to well but your article has inspired me to go on...

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for stopping by and give growing blueberries a try, the results are worth the effort.

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    VioletSun 9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    I love blueberries and they are so healthy too, but alas, I am not very good in the garden. However, I like to read gardening articles with the hopes one day, I will become a gardner growing my veggies and fruits. Thanks for the info, its always good to learn.

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    Pam Pounds 9 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

    Thanks for the info. I also love blueberries, but they are so expensive! I just bought some at the store today - about 2 cups worth, on sale for $4. Usually they are double that. So I will definitely try growing some in containers. I'm having pretty good luck growing my tomatoes in containers.

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    stevemark122000 9 years ago from Southern California

    Blueberries are not always available where I live. I could eat them everyday. I'm seriously thinking about growing my own now that I've read your article, thanks.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for stopping by, all and you are welcome.

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    MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

    Bob I am going to stay with making the blueberry pie you have put on the menu. Let the others do the growing. No good in thew garden

    Thank you

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    MummyAnn 9 years ago from UK

    Great hub! Blueberries are one of my favourites, I love them on my porridge. Thank you.

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    Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Perfect! I love blueberries - can't eat enough of them! Thanks for the tips, especially re: pH levels. Bob the great gardening hubber! -Steph

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    Helen 9 years ago

    Bob, I love blueberries, so thanx for this comprehensive article on them. mmm -Helen (a.k.a. Creativita)

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    birds do love them, blue birds and blue berries, hmmm. coffee grounds now and then are probably fine.

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    Shadesbreath 9 years ago from California

    LOL Rochelle is staining the birds!!!

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    Rochelle Frank 9 years ago from California Gold Country

    It has taken a few years to get production from our blueberries-- had a pretty good crop this year (still enjoying them). We also had to enclose them in a wire cage-- since the birds like them too.

    (Maybe that's why we have so many blue birds?)

    Someone told us that they like old coffee grounds in the mulch-- part of the acid thing, I guess.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    b;lueberries can take a bit of heat but hey if you can grow cherry tomatoes, you can grow blueberries. thanks for visting.

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    Shadesbreath 9 years ago from California

    Man, even I could do that blue berry in a pot thing on that first video. You talk about this as a summer treat... how well do they do in 100+ temps? (I tried to grow an avacado tree once that my friend got started from a pit, which I've never been able to do, and the heat killed it here. I pretty much suck at growing stuff lol, except my cherry tomatoes one year).

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    CherylTheWriter 9 years ago from Humble, Texas (the ultimate oxymoron)

    Check the pH prior to planting. Got it.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    CTW, be sure to check the soil in the raised bed ph level first. and Laurel another hub is welcome, it brings another perspective to the topic. thanks for stopping by.

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    Laurie Stroupe 9 years ago

    While out picking blueberries for my breakfast this morning, I was thinking this would be a great topic for an article. You beat me to it!

    Great job. I would only add that blueberries can live for up to 30 years. For relatively little investment and work, the payoff can be rather large.

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    CherylTheWriter 9 years ago from Humble, Texas (the ultimate oxymoron)

    I've got an empty stretch in my front yard and I'm trying to decide what to put there. I thought strawberries at first, because they grow low and would probably stay out of the neighbors' sight. But darn it, blueberries sound pretty good, too. It's a raised bed and the soil's already well composted.

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