Summertime means…Blueberries!

Right now we’ve got loads of mouth-watering blueberry bushes in our nursery just loaded with berries. That got us thinking, why doesn’t everyone grow blueberries?

Blueberry shrubs are easy to grow, and their lovely green leaves tipped with pink are a striking addition to the garden. And if that weren’t enough, you get delicious berries in the summer to add to smoothies, pancakes, muffins…or just pop in your mouth right off the bush!

1,2,3….Blueberries!

#1: Choose a well-drained site, and amend the soil with a rich compost mix such as Harvest Supreme by Gardner and Bloome

#2: When planting, set the top soil line of the plant about 1-2 inches higher than the existing ground. Water in well.

#3: Mulch your berries! Give them 2-4″ of mulch to conserve moisture and prevent weeds. We suggest Gardner and Bloome’s Soil Building Compost.

#4: This is tough HOWEVER our plant buyer Kim advises pruning all the fruits and blooms the first year you plant your blueberry. This way the plant can focus its energy getting a root system established, and you’ll have a lot more berries in years to come.

#5: Fertilize with an acid fertilizer such as Gardner and Bloome’s ‘Rhododendron, Azalea and Camellia’ fertilizer.

Harvest Time

When you’re ready to harvest, here’s a great dessert recipe from the staff here at Garden Spot.

Garden Spot Blueberry Crispy:

Ingredients

  • 6 cups blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix your washed berries in with 1 TB flour and 1TB lemon juice. Pour into your oven proof dish, the rectangular glass ones work great. Mix up the rest of the ingredients and crumble evenly over the top of your blueberry mixture. Bake for apx. 30 minutes or until the top has browned and the blueberries are bubbling over.

Enjoy! This goes great with ice cream. Yummy!

DON’T MISS- All of our shrubs are 20% off through Wednesday, and that most definitely include blueberries. Happy Shopping!

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