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Happypineapple1998
May 26, 2020 12:49 PM CST
Hello everyone and thank you for taking the time to read this! I've been building a garden out in Colorado, but the soil is very clay like and I want to plant blueberries! I've heard of people using peat moss bales out here which works well, however I don't have space to bury peat moss bales in my yard due to fear of hitting sprinkler lines. I've already rototilled once, could I potentially rototill again but add peat moss into the soil and backfill with purely peat moss when transplanting? This way the ground has more peat moss composure but the soil touching the roots will be peat moss (would that make sense or is it way off?)
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BigBill
May 26, 2020 1:12 PM CST
I am in my second year of growing blueberries. My results compared to last year are wonderful. I planted companion blueberry varieties because in doing so you get better cross pollination and a better yield. You can research on line which varieties go well with each other.
Now unless you are planting acres and acres of blueberries, here is what I did. I bought them in plastic nursery pots. Dig hole twice the size of the pot. Planted bush and backfilled with 50% soil and 50% peat moss. If your soil is all clay maybe you could use 25% soil, 25% peat and 50% bagged topsoil, mix thoroughly.
I am using Hollytone at planting time at 1/2 cup per bush. I added some soil acidifier last summer and again this spring. Blueberries demand an acidic soil ranging in ph from 5.2-5.8. They like good draining, rich soil.
I am seeing a 500% increase in the number of flowers per plant compared to last year. Berries are starting to form! I am really excited! I can taste them right now.
I hope that this was helpful and good luck!!!👍
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Happypineapple1998
May 26, 2020 2:15 PM CST
Wow! Thank you so much Bill! That was some very helpful information and I will definitely be following your advice. I'm very excited for you and your berry bushes, congratulations on the increase in bloom this year! I hope to be where you are soon 🤘 Thanks again!!
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BigBill
May 26, 2020 3:05 PM CST
Any time! My pleasure.
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Arico
May 26, 2020 7:10 PM CST
Did you do a soil test? If not, get one that analyses your pH. If it's sufficiently acidic you don't need to go through all this trouble (although I doubt it is since clay is usually alkaline)

OR you can buy a granular, acidifying fertillizer for blueberries and save yourself alot of work, or grow them in pots with ericacious compost.


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Happypineapple1998
May 27, 2020 8:52 AM CST
I did get a soil test and it showed the soil was very alkaline and high in phosphorus, with almost no nitrogen or potash Thinking I used to have a lawn where the garden is, though 10 years ago we cut out that section of lawn to lay rock. Thanks for the granular fertilizer idea, I may need to use some fertilizer to raise that nitrogen and potash content too!

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