Eric Hanson wrote:Steve,
On reflection, I think I planted my blueberries in a bad spot. I put them near the bottom of a dam for my pond (the pond was there when I bought the land). The dam is huge given the amount of water being held back. The base is gigantic and slopes upwards only slightly. I can easily mow sideways without fear of rollover. My point is that given the shallow slope, the dam is not the problem.
The problem is that the area I planted in is close to a fence row that I let grow wild. It has plenty of honey locust, and every plant grow like mad. When I put the blueberries in, the fence row was a mere 4’ tall. Today it towers 15-20’ and the branches reach out over my blueberries! When I planted them, the blueberries were in near full sun. Today they are in about 1/2 shade. The blueberries are growing towards the sun. They look like they are leaning over, reaching for the sun. They do produce fruit, but not as much as I would have liked. Not all of the blueberries survived, I think they failed to thrive due to lack of sunlight.
I need a bunch of new woodchips and I think I will do a little trimming and thinning near the area. I don’t want to thin too much as this woody barrier provided some visual and sound barrier against my new noisy neighbors. I will update after I do my trimming, but I feel comfortable stating that blueberries really want full sunlight.
Sena Kassim wrote:Beautiful photos!
We'd like to plant more at the bottom of our garden hill. Has anyone had experience with too much winter moisture in the soil adversely effecting their health?
I could mix in more sand and organic matter...thoughts?