I planted my first Blueberry bushes today -- two varieties, both of which should do well in containers. I also came up with a new (to me) transplanting tip to make things easier.
The process always takes longer than I expect, and this exercise was no exception. The first thing I needed to do was get some dirt. I used a mixed of roughly 1/4 new Miracle Gro soil to 3/4 of soil left over from last year's plants.
I emptied a couple of older pots and window boxes into a couple tubs. We've had a bit of rain over the past few weeks, but I still found it surprising just how much mud was in the bottom of those pots. If only they retained that moisture in August...
Then I added fresh soil into the tubs, and healthy amount of perlite, to help with drainage and to generally keep it from getting too dense. I also added moisture absorbing granules to address the previously mentioned August challenge (it's a lot easier to add them BEFORE there are plants involved -- a lesson it took me several years to learn, it seems).
Then I strirred.
And stirred some more.
I all, I probably spent a good hour just mixing various batches of soil and giving my arm quite a workout in the process.
Finally it was time to add my plants.
It's hard to get the amount just right. This time, I used the plant still in its nursery pot, as a guide instead of my normal method "guessing." Shockingly, measuring turned out to me more accurate.
NEW TIP DISCOVERED:
Why take the plant out to fill in the sides of the pot? I decided to essentially bury the nursery pot.
Once I had all that filled in, I could pull the pot out and have a lovely hole to work with.
After the plant and supports were in place, I added a couple of Plant Nanny sleeves because it's much easier to do that before the plant has an extensive root network. Now I just have to drink enough wine in the coming months so I have the empty bottles to use.
The final step was the easiest one. And it's the most essential to proper garden care. I added the Gnomes.
Good luck with your own plants this year!
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