Gardening, Groceries

Gardening: Growing Aspargus

Asparagus is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Go to the link below for detailed information.

How to grow asparagus


Gardening: How to Grow Blueberries

Blueberries: How to grow the best blueberries

  • How to grow blueberries in the ground or in pots

  • How to keep them productive

  • How to prune blueberries

  • Choose a good variety.

  • Unless you have naturally acid soil, it’s a lot of effort growing blueberries in the ground. You could create a raised bed and replace the soil with ericaceous compost.


Grow blueberries in a container

potted blueberry


Blueberries make good container plants

  • For most people it’s easier to grow blueberries in a container filled with ericaceous compost (anything recommended for rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas will suit blueberries, too).

  • Blueberries make good patio plants, with autumn colour, flowers and fruit. They’ll tolerate some shade, too.

  • When you buy a plant in a small pot, don’t put it into a large container

  • straight away unless the roots have already filled the pot.

  • As it grows and the roots fill the pot each year, repot it into a slightly larger container, adding fresh ericaceous compost around the edges

  • Feed with an ericaceous fertiliser and water with rainwater. This is easier said than done in a dry summer, but you could set aside a water butt just for your blueberries.

  • Keep the compost moist, but not waterlogged.


How to harvest blueberries

  • Blueberries are self-fertile so you only need one plant, although having more than one will improve the amount of fruit that sets.

  • When fully ripe the berries develop a bloom. Immature fruit are sharper tasting, which you might prefer for cooking; if you prefer eating them fresh, they become sweeter the longer they’re left.

  • Once you get your eye in, leave them until they’re at the perfect stage for your needs.

  • Blueberries keep for weeks once picked, so you can store them in the fridge until you have a decent amount. They also freeze well if you’re lucky enough to have a surplus.

  • The main pest is the blackbird and other fruit-eating birds. You will have to be fastidious in covering your plants with netting to defeat them.

How to prune blueberries


  • Pruning is fairly straightforward. In the first couple of years, simply shorten any wayward shoots and aim for a neat, open-centred bush.

  • Thereafter, prune a third of the oldest branches to their base in late winter to give a balance of one-, two- and three-year-old wood. Blueberries fruit on shoots formed on year-old branches

  • Blueberries are not fully hardy. Wrap the pots or pull them under cover in severe winters.

  • Cover the blossom with fleece if hard frosts are predicted.

“Blueberries: How to Grow the Best Blueberries.” How To Grow The Best Blueberries. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.



Wooly Pockets for Gardening with Limited Space

I was watching HGTV the other day and there was a show on called “I want that”.

One item they showed was Wooly Pocket and it’s an invention that allows you to plant herbs and flowers and even some vegetables even when you have limited space.

I saw a few of the videos so here’s the link below so you can look at them.

wooly Pockets