This year, I got a little smarter and made my huge lists of seeds and plants and then I took stock of what I already had and started whittling the list down, way down. I have a three berry patches; raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry. This year I decided to expand my blueberry patch and my raspberry patch, since they are fairly small. I have not had much luck with my raspberries. I add plants every year and lose plants every year. I found a good deal on 15 plants of three varieties, one of which has done well already so I’m going to give them a try. I’m also adding 12 blueberry plants of four different varieties. In order to grow blueberries here, I have to do quite a bit of work to acidify the soil and add organic matter. I’ve been trying to do this by piling up dead pine needles over the area I want to plant and when they go in, I’ll add Sulphur, peat moss and compost and keep my fingers crossed.
I love strawberries but hate that they have to travel across country to get here and when they arrive, they are either mushy or unripe. For some reason, I haven’t tried growing strawberries here since I made my strawberry barrel several years ago. That worked fairly well, but the birds got the hanging berries faster than I could. I’m going to try again, but this time in a raised bed with 50 plants of two varieties. With any luck, we’ll be enjoying berry cobbler and strawberry shortcake come summer!