Welcome back to Reads Retreat, our guide to growing your own veg in Raised Beds. Fruit too, it seems!
Sitting at the pc tonight, I thought I'd start gathering some info on growing this delicious crop, and thought - why not share what i find !
We bought 2 bushes from Homebase in the last week, having been advised that we need 2 for good pollination. The best reference site I've stumbled across so far is the BBC Gardening Basics page, which gives a whole host of information on growing this fruit, as well as recipe ideas and a history of its cultivation. There's also some great information on the Telegraph website.
Quite often when you try growing something for the first time, you simply overlook the vast amount of information that's so readily available. Hopefully; if you're following our plans here at Reads Retreat, then you'll be able to access the same info. Simply clicking on the coloured text will redirect you to all this wonderful info. Luckily we have a dedicated Raised Bed available for planting our bushes, and the soil therein will be thoroughly mixed with Ericaceous compost, as these plants favour this type of soil. We opted for 2 x 15Litre bags from Wilkinson's, priced at £1.49 each, which seems like a good price to pay. The bushes themselves are currently residing in our unheated but frost free "Greenhouse", in the 3" pots they are supplied in. These will be transferred to 6" pots in the next couple of days and kept inside until all danger of frost has passed. In the meantime, the 30Litre of "new" compost can be added to the raised bed, to give it time to settle. Our darling Ruby is a big fan of Blueberries (or Blueys as she calls them) so it would be nice to get a decent crop here, maybe even this summer, and hopefully for many more summers to come.
Check back soon for more updates, it's going to get busy, very busy!