Jim, Matt and I drove over to The Sugar Shack today to pick Blueberries. Boy, am I ever glad we decided to go today. It's there last day of the season! I'm not sure why, they have acres and acres of Blueberry bushes and many of them still looked loaded!
In 30 minutes we had picked 5 gallons of big fat berries! The only thing better would be grow them yourself...
Speaking of which, I do happen to have a few blueberry bushes out in the garden, but we've never had much luck growing them. So, while we were out there picking I asked some questions of the owners.
It seems that it takes 5 or 6 years to really get the big berry harvests. Ooooooooh! Maybe we just weren't patient enough. I also learned that they apply dormant oil in the late winter and use a soil acidifier twice a year. They mulch well, but only every 2 or 3 years and they use drip irrigation.
So...I may have to wander over to Penn Yan for a few more years, but come 2015, LOOK OUT! We're gonna have some MAJOR Blueberry bushes right here at the home place. Oh yeah!!!
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