Trying Again

“Trying Again”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana  

Because of all our large trees, it is not possible to grow edibles in one separate garden.  Instead, we have them spread out where they can get the most sun.  Our fruit trees are planted out like ornamentals, lettuce and tomatoes grown in containers on the patio, and now, we are trying blueberries again.  Hopes are high since the flowers have appeared on the new blueberry bushes.

 

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Dear hubby is a blueberry freak.  He loves those little blue berries and can’t wait for the first ones to come in.  Two years ago, he came home from Wal-mart with three blueberry bushes.  I hated to tell him that they would not do well here since they were not a Southern type.  But, they had blooms on them, and he was unconvinced. 

Last year, nothing.  No flowers, no fruit, no joy at our house.  This year, he bought a Southern type that should do well here.  He ordered them from a catalog without telling me.  I had tried to tell him that there were nurseries around here that sell the type he needed, but he thought he would order online instead.  They are blooming, but the real test will be next year.  Will we have enough chilling hours for them to set blossoms?  Only time will tell, but I hope, for dear hubby’s sake, they do well. 

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6 Comments

  1. Janet said,

    April 18, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Fun! I love blueberries, both to eat and the foliage in the fall. Yesterday saw a groundcover blueberry. Very interesting.

    • Jan said,

      April 19, 2009 at 6:04 pm

      Janet, the groundcover blueberry sounds very interesting.

  2. Racquel said,

    April 18, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I hope they do well for your hubby’s sake too!

    • Jan said,

      April 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm

      Racquel, I sure hope so too, or I’ll never hear the end of it. The ones he bought last year haven’t even put out one leaf though you can tell the stems are not dead.

  3. ryan said,

    April 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    We do well with southern types and we get very few chilling hours. It sounds like your husband did well. Also, we grow two types because that supposedly gets better production.

    • Jan said,

      April 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm

      Ryan, only time will tell. That is a good idea about the two types. I’ll mention it to hubby.


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