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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.
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on January 27, 2011 at 9:29am
Hi glenda I am all ears about growing raspberries, havent had any succsses at all, dont know what I did wrong , they curled up and died,  the same with my blueberries , what do you use to asidify the soil? I have heard coniferneedles are very much likes by them , is this true! I buy my plants from a nursery maybe thats another reason why they dont take!, supermarkets are not good either, i do however have rainwater, buckets in my yard everywhere and a grey barrel one getting the drips from my shedroof area, its amazing just how fast the soil is drying out, in pots and washingmachine inserts when the heat /sun returns!, I am paying off 2 1000 lt, watertanks they look like a cube, I would very much appreciate getting feedback and any gardener in Victoria or close to shepparton please write and give advice so next time I have succsses! thank you all MIko
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 8:35am
Thanks Bob.   I am going to try the coffee grounds on my Boggies.  I put them on everything else but didn't thinkk about that, duh.  How is Florida's weather?
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 8:23am

Lila, it depends on how cold your soil gets.  Put it on low first and see if it heats up your soil.  It does work.

Crape Myrtles are beautiful in the south.  I also love Bottlebrush, cassia, rain trees, of course live oaks.

Charlie, I have well water and my blueberries have not died.  Don't know what the answer is, just trial and error, I guess.  We have wild berries bushes with little (1,000) thorns but boy are they good.  Just use my long rose bush gloves.  Don't you just love gardening, and its almost February.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on January 27, 2011 at 8:22am
Awesome, Diana!
Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on January 27, 2011 at 8:17am
restarted my compose pile for the year.  Will be tilling my garden soon for transplants for the spring.
 

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