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My husband has dreamed of putting in a blueberry patch for years. Since this is our first spring on our little homestead, we planted blueberries and some raspberries too. We actually planted these about a month ago. Spring and fall are the best times to plant blueberries. (The grass in the pasture is really tall because it will be bailed for hay.)
Since this was a dream of his, he wanted really good established blueberry bushes. He did some research online and called the owner of a family-owned blueberry farm, True Vine Ranch in Kansas. The owner was really nice and answered his questions so my husband felt confident ordering from them. This is not a sponsored post, but we are really happy with these blueberry bushes so sharing our experience. It was a big investment to order a dozen three year old blueberry bushes so he wanted to make sure he ordered good plants and planted them correctly.
The blueberries arrived in large boxes as shown without containers, but with a lot of moist soil on the roots. They were packed six to a box.
We planted the blueberries in peat moss, per the instructions from True Vine Ranch. We needed to saturate the peat moss before putting it in the planting holes in the ground. We lined the back of the little truck bed with a tarp and filled it with peat moss. I then carried 5-gallon buckets of water from the old well in the pasture to the truck and dumped them in for the kids to mix. I think we used five bales of peat moss and somewhere around 16 or 17 (5-gallon) buckets of water. My husband dug all of the holes while we were mixing the peat mixture. My husband has since put a pump on the well and a hose so we don't have to carry buckets of water anymore.
The boys helping to mix peat moss and water.
My husband fertilized with Holly-tone (amazon link) an acidic fertilizer for acid loving plants like blueberries while the boys filled the holes with the peat mixture.
This poor little guy was done with planting blueberries and ready for a warm bath.
Planting blueberries was a lot of work and a big investment, but also a wonderful family experience. We hope to enjoy delicious blueberries and many wonderful family memories of picking berries, and preparing yummy berry dishes for many years to come.
For more info on growing blueberries check out the Blueberry Council.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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