More Blueberries

Our blue berries are doing so great and now are starting to get blue.  They have inspired us to put in more bushes so Friday we went to Weatherbee’s Nursery to get more blueberry bushes.  We got 6 Gulf Coast blueberry bushes and  4 Jewel blueberry bushes.  Then we went to Walmart and got a 30 foot roll of edging.  We have the peat moss to add to the soil and some fertilizer but will need more when we get the sod all removed.  We are planning to out these down the side of the drive way as a hedge.  I think they will look nice and will get plenty of sun there,  Saturday we went to Patty’s to help her stain the kids swing set and to repair the screen door and of course visit with her and Becca.  We had a nice day but did not get to dig any sod.  Sunday was house cleaning day and then it rained so again no digging got done.

Today we went to the farmer’s market to get fruit for the week but as soon as we got home we started on the new plot for the blueberries.  

This is the left side of the drive and shows you what the soil is like here.  Very sandy, would make a better beach than a garden but with lots of peat and compost add to it I am sure it will be just right for the berries.  

This shows you how far we got today and how much further we have to go.  We will get it all done this week, then over the week end we can mix in the peat and the compost and be all set to put in the bushes next week.  I want to get them in on Monday so we can water them and get them established before we go on the cruise.  Patty will come over twice that next week to water them while we are gone.  Plants don’t like to be left alone, someone has to tell them how well they are doing and make sure they get a drink and Patty said she would be sure to do that for us. Norman thought we should wait until we got back before we got more plants but I hated to wait because it was important to get them in and settled before the really hot days come, especially where they are out in the full sun. 

These are some of the new bushes.  You can see they are very small compared to the first three we got but they are good healthy plants and should grow fast with a little TLC. 

This is the side garden with the last three plants we put in a couple weeks ago and the new ones in the pots between the older plants.  This garden get quite a bit of shade so it will be interesting to see which ones do the best.  Everyone tells me they need full sun all day but the sun is so hot here I bet these in half day shade will do just as well if not better.  We will see!!  If those 10 work well as a hedge and grow well in the sun, I have the other side of the drive where we can add ten more in the fall. 

As you can see we are not digging up much grass.  Our lawn is mostly weeds anyways and with the hedge there will be less “lawn” for the lawn service to mow.  We do have to keep it weeded and looking good or the association complains, the lawn service does not tend to any gardens the home owners plant.  Time to get back outside to dig a little more before dinner.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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