Godless in the garden


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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2017 at 12:03pm

Spud, I Googled "blueberry for container growing" and this is what I found:

blueberry container growing


Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2017 at 11:31am

Now that I'm spreading lots of wood chips around, I should start getting mushrooms (if I keep them moist).  I spread them for 3 hours yesterday.  Didn't spread a whole lot because I had to tie back raspberry and thorny blackberry canes, then use my narrow wheelbarrow to get into the area beween the canes and my house.  Filled a hole with the large wood chunks and topped it with smaller.  Will mound some soil over that spot.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 28, 2017 at 7:20am

Yes, I've tossed buckets of urine on my garden before. Perhaps a whole bucket in a blueberry hole might work, although I'm guessing it would be too salty.
Spud, you reminded me of picking wild blueberries while I hiked along the sand dunes of Lake Michigan a couple of years ago. They were small (the berries, not the dunes), but quite delicious. The park would frown upon me digging up some plants.
And the only plants I'll grow in containers are flowers.
From my son-in-law's compost pile, I hauled about half a truck load of "black gold" to my garden. I need at least another full truck load. (Small Tacoma truck) Shoveling the wet compost in and out of the truck is labor intensive for a guy my age. Whew!

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 27, 2017 at 3:36pm

I can't remember what book I borrowed that mentioned container fruits but one book I enjoyed was:

"The vegetable gardener's container bible : how to grow a bounty of food in pots, tubs, and other containers." by Edward C. Smith.

  What I do remember is the container need to be a bit oversized and the fruit plant to be checked and watered often.The benefits are the same.. easier weed and pest control, etc.... For some reason I also remember that containered fruits (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and the like) grow more fruits than ground based fruits.I don't know why but it is what I remember....maybe it has something to do with having varieties? It is something I would try this Spring.

"In one year, the average human being produces enough urine to fertilize 6,300 tomato plants which would produce 2.41 tons of tomato fruits in just one season."

ABC News Technology & Science column, Sept 9, 2009

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 27, 2017 at 11:59am

I was just reading about huckleberries on Wikipedia and found out they are Idaho's state fruit.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 27, 2017 at 11:54am

I do know where to find some wild huckleberries and they have more flavor than blueberries, so I may someday take a trip to the mountains and try transplanting some of them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 27, 2017 at 11:48am

Never tried container blueberry.  Is there a special kind made for container growing?

I do remember eating some wild blueberries that I found years ago, in the freezer at Walmart.  They still had some taste, according to my old taster.  If I ever find some wild ones, I'll probably try digging them up and growing them in containers.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 27, 2017 at 11:36am

Idaho & Randall,

Have you tried container blueberry?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 27, 2017 at 11:08am

No problem, Daniel.  

Randall, throwing money down the blueberry hole is an amusing metaphor.  Many years ago, I too gave-up trying to grow them in my alkaline soil.  If I could taste them now, I would try again in a large container where I could control the pH.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 27, 2017 at 7:20am

Oh, I've given up trying to grow blueberry bushes. My final two bit the dust this past year. My soil is way too alkaline. And, believe me, I've done everything to lower it for blueberry tolerance. I'm done throwing money down the blueberry hole.


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