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Comment by Robert E Brown--z7b8aNC on January 27, 2011 at 2:52pm
Blueberries are expensive here as well.  A pint can run as much as $5 in our stores.  Your grandson will love them right off the bush once you get them going.  It did take a couple of years for mine to start putting fruit on, but now I have to actually give quite a bit away because I can't use them all.  When they are coming in, I will take my dogs out for a walk and while they take care of their things, I stand and eat blueberries right off the bush.  I don't use insecticides on them, so they are safe to eat like that.  Nothing like fresh blueberries right off the bush.  I've even seen my dogs picking them from the lower branches.  I did the same with my grapes this past year.  I have a vine that is native to this area, Scuppernong, and they were delicious.  I'm hoping to soon have plums right off the tree as well.  I have really had trouble getting a peach tree going though.  I think I may trying getting a tree local this year and see if it does better than the mail order ones.  Oh, the reason I have so many blueberry bushes is so that I do get some and there is enough to share with the birds.
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 27, 2011 at 2:17pm

Diana - amazing looking cabbagecaulif and turnips. What do you feed them and do you have probs with them being nibbled by the bugs?

Robert - thanks for hints on Blueberries, I shall try the wholesale nursery as thay may be much cheaper than the gardening centres charge. Mind you Blueberries themselves are very expensive when bought from the supermarket/markets - they never seem to go below $5-$6 a small punnet, which my toddler grandson can eat in one session!  He has been obsessed with them since a baby and that's what made me decide to grow them, so that I could feed them to him whenever!

Karen - I had a net over my chicken run as birds (pigeons/miners) were stealing the food but one ended up getting caught and it broke my heart, it was never my intention to kill, just keep them away.  I have now bought shadecloth to put over the run as I seem to be losing half the feed to the wild birds! 

Yet another day with no rain in sight - 3 weeks since our last rainfall!

 

Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on January 27, 2011 at 12:29pm
thanks bob couldn,t stop reading , I grow my entire yard ./produce in pots , tubs and washing machine inserts and they do well, so its pottingmix I need most, ,we are renting and when I go I take my plants with me, I do want to get heavy duty castors drill through the holes at the bottom of the wminseert and fasten that way I can roll it anywhere I want, easy to move, please all you out there, i dont mind sending you the link for skype, instant messaging is fun, like a typed ph call! let me know and I put you under my contact list .....
Comment by Connie Kupke Z8 TX on January 27, 2011 at 12:13pm
We just got a trash bag full of coffee grounds! One son works for Starbucks and he saves them for us.
Comment by Connie Kupke Z8 TX on January 27, 2011 at 12:11pm
@diana, I live in Denton, about 20 miles north of Dallas. I tried last year to grow cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli, but didn't have much luck. Yours look perfect! (and yummy)
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
Minako,
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.
 

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