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Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on January 27, 2011 at 11:59am
Diana, Not all well water is bad for blueberries.  Up here if the well is in the 1000 ft. range the water is usually OK for acid loving plants but a well that deep is expensive.  Mine is 276 ft.  Water is good but just not acid enough.  Depends on where you live, I guess.
Comment by Mickalyn Crawford Zone 5 on January 27, 2011 at 11:48am
I bought some beefstake tomato seeds and california wonder pepper seeds yesturday.  Getting ready to start them soon.  I always start my seeds in the right sign of the moon.  I'm planning on 2 big gardens this year as the price of food is rising.
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 27, 2011 at 11:48am
Yes, growing up in the NE US and living in Germany, we would find blueberries in the wild...especially in Maine along the coast and in the mountains...yummy!
I think pineneedles would be a good mulch.   Robert E. Brown suggested them a few posts back and I find his posts informative and well worth following.


As for soil for the variety of plants you mention, I think you would be best served by first getting a soil test so that you know what you are dealing with, then talk with some locals that are growing the plants you are interested in ... in lieu of me trying to literally "guess" what might work for you.   Don't be afraid to knock on a door and just ask if you you see someone growing your preferences.


Sorry, not on Skype but I guess I could be...just never thought of it.  :)

Cheers!  -Bob

Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 11:46am

If you use pine needles or any type of pine, you need to mow over them with a mulching mower to make them smaller.  If you just put needles on top of your plants, it take 1 year for them to break down.  Sometimes more, depending on the weather.

Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 11:44am
Connie, I took this picture this morning.  Excited about my califlower because I enjoy eating that veggie.  What part of Texas is your location?  I live South of Houston.
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on January 27, 2011 at 11:33am
Bob you grow blueberries, back home in Austria we used to pick them in the wild they where in dappelt shade, what do you think of pineneedles, i heard they are ok, are they? and what kind of pottingmix /fertilizer if any should I use!I like raspberries too, gooseberries and kiwifruit, any ideas welcome are you on skype?
Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 27, 2011 at 10:55am
Lyn- My best luck with cabbages is to grow them during the coolest part of our year. I plant mine late fall when the temperatures dip to 40s at night, and cover them if there will be frost. I built a structure to hold the plastic off of the plants, because everywhere the plastic touched the plant, it burns and kills that part. I also prefer to use plastic, slightly opaque, the kind painters spread as a drop cloth. They are relatively inexpensive and reusable. I learned the hard way, if you use cloth or burlap to cover your plants, the fabric wicks the water away from your plants and dries them out. However, if you cover with plastic, the moisture condenses on the plastic surface, raises the humidity around the plants, and you have a green house. Trim the lower leaves, those touching the soil, so there is ample air flow for the plant. I also discovered that the insects who love to feast on the cabbages, isn't around at this time of the year. I harvest at the first sign of bug-munching.
Comment by Connie Kupke Z8 TX on January 27, 2011 at 10:50am
@diana, those are awesome looking veggies!
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on January 27, 2011 at 10:45am
We rake our aspen leaves into the blueberry patch of approx 16 plants along with wood chips.  I feed them the same food as I do our countless Rhodies and just read about coffee grounds being good for them!  Now to manage to get our fair share of berries inspite of the Robbins camping out to strip the berries before they even get fully ripe.  We need a blueberry house as nets just manage to kill birds; which isn't our goal.  Last summer we sat in the aspen grove on a warm day to watch a mother robin zoon at eye level through the aspen trees to get berries for their babies nesting in an apple tree at the other end of the property. She didn't even hesitate to fly just a few feet from our noses.
Comment by Robert E Brown--z7b8aNC on January 27, 2011 at 10:17am
Blueberries have shallow roots, so don't let them dry out too much.  Also, don't do a lot of digging around the plants.  Mulch is the best way to control weeds rather than using a hoe or other digging type equipment.  They are not easy to get established.  I started by planting 15 bushes.  Lost 5 the first season and lost one more last year due to drought so I am down to 9 bushes.

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