With all the blueberry weeding I've done over at Small Blessings Farm, we realized we need to get blueberries planted where we're currently living. Blaine thought today would be a good day to clear out the bed of old plants and weeds. Next, we'll be amending the soil and then purchasing blueberry bushes to plant!
We'll be buying from Raintree Nursery and will plant (2) Sunshine (grew this variety at our urban farm in Burien - great producer - and it will be interesting to see how the plant performs in a harsher climate in Enumclaw), (2) Rubel (a wild blueberry and highly nutritious) and (most likely) (1) Olympia (developed in Olympia, WA).
There are other varieties of blueberries that I am interested in too, but they are grown at local u-pick blueberries farms so I can observe their growth and inquire about pest issues, harvest yields, etc while growing other varieties and see how they perform.
While I was working with the grape cuttings, Blaine started work on the blueberry beds.
Lots of grass and weed invasion; tough work!
Once I joined Blaine, the work was a little easier and progress was made much quicker. We ended up with a heaping wheelbarrow of weeds and a couple of rocks piles (one pictured above.)
We added 4 bags of Cedar Grove compost to the garden bed and will likely add another 4 bags! We also purchased some peat moss, which we will mix in (I don't recommend using peat moss regularly, but I do mix in a good amount when initially planting blueberries and huckleberries). Because our pH is high and blueberries love acidic soil, I will be adding elemental sulfur. In addition, I will be amending the soil with feather meal (which provides slow release nitrogen to the plants). I will also be fertilizing the bed with mineral based Black Lake Organic fertilizer - BLOOM #6 (a product line I used on our urban farm in Burien. Starting with what I've known and will make adjustments as I observe and test the soil annually.)
Blaine is working to remove a blackberry root, which was on both sides of the board.
This rock pile had some really large rocks.
Crazy that they were unearthed from this garden bed....
A few hours work! Such satisfaction is how it looks.
We still have weeding to do on the other side of this bed in the gravel driveway...
...and I managed to trim a few trees too!