Today marks a significant day in the allotment year – Potato Day. Arranged every year by the Crewe Town Allotment Federation, it’s an opportunity to buy seed potatoes and a variety of other seeds for the growing season.
Every year, we buy a selection of seeds, enjoying browsing all the different varieties, most of which we have never heard of! This year I branched out from the usual seed potatoes and vegetable seeds to include a new blueberry bush and a red gooseberry bush.
I have never had much luck with blueberries but this year will hopefully be different. On the way home I dropped into Wilkos and bought some flower seeds. To help the bees and liven up our plot, I plan to have a small flower area. On top of this, I am finally going to create my mini herb garden using the pot from our olive tree.
Blueberries need acid soil to produce fruit. Garden Centre ericacious compost will do it. They also need several blueberry pushes grown together, as they need to cross polinate – one bush on its own is unliklet to fruit, but 2 or 3 (or more!) Ideally different varieties together should do well.
I am planning on growing the blueberry in a large pot so I can ensure the soil is right. Luckily there are several people who are growing blueberries on site not far away! I plan to buy another couple of blueberries provided this one doesn’t die within the first 2 weeks like all of the previous ones!
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