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Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  llama momma on 4/21/2012, 4:08 pm

Home Depot today had large blooming blueberry bushes marked down from $15 a piece to 3 plants for only $12.00. A savings of $33.00 smackeroos. They even had 4 or 5 varieties to choose from and the plants come from a local source too. Recently, strawberries were my dream tabletop and it has happened....but blueberries are my ultimate fantasy. I might be the happiest sf gardener today. To top it off, I visited with friends I haven't seen for awhile who are dying to learn sfgardening. They will become my " guinea pig test students". What a great day even though it has been rainy and cloudy since daybreak. Love sfgardening!

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  kbb964 on 4/21/2012, 4:11 pm

Woah! I hope they have some at my local store as we are going there tonight or tomorrow! I might buy some at that price.

Tomorrow our local Garden center is having seminars and such in observance of Earth Day and they will be selling starts for 99 cents as opposed to the regular 3 bucks !
I plan on going there too.

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  llama momma on 4/21/2012, 4:15 pm

That's great, go for it, blueberries are considered a superfood, get all you can. I am in my mid fifties and I don't want to wait a few years to get berries. I am suppose to be more patient at this age, but for the love of fresh blueberries, not!

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  kbb964 on 4/21/2012, 4:20 pm

do you think they would grow in pots? I have not looked into blueberries before.......

or maybe a deep sfg box , say 2x2 by 12 deep?


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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  llama momma on 4/21/2012, 4:36 pm

I don't know yet. I think others on this site have put them in 1/2 whiskey barrels. What I tend to do, and it may be a personality glitch thinking is I buy something new, then quickly go crazy over learning everything about it as quick as I can. I know they like acidic soil, I know Mel talks about them online on his website, and there is a website on the package materials that I need to read up on tonight too. Also will go to the white search box above and see what others say. One little tidbit I read somewhere was not to use pine needles from roadside trees as it may be contaminated with car/truck exhaust nasties... true? I don't know, but friends of mine have lots of large pine trees in the back yard. I'll be calling them soon. Tonight will be all about reading everything I can get my hands on. Taken the plunge and forced myself to get it together, whoa!

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  philct on 4/21/2012, 4:39 pm

@kbb964 wrote:do you think they would grow in pots? I have not looked into blueberries before.......

or maybe a deep sfg box , say 2x2 by 12 deep?


Mine are in whiskey barrels and are doing well so far, as long as you keep it watered and check to make sure the soil is acidic you should be fine!!

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 4/21/2012, 6:47 pm

I have two in large pots that I purchased last year. They overwintered fine. I put them in a peat-heavy mix and they seemed happy. I'm sorry to report that my dogs ALSO were happy with the peat-heavy mix and actually ate half the mix out from around the poor blueberry rootball and chewed on the bush itself. I thought it was a goner, but am happy to report that it's greened out nicely. I don't think I'll get berries this year off of it...but I'm just glad it's growing back! So, from my neck of the woods, they are fairly hardy! Smile

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  givvmistamps on 4/21/2012, 6:55 pm

@UnderTheBlackWalnut wrote:I have two in large pots that I purchased last year. They overwintered fine. I put them in a peat-heavy mix and they seemed happy. I'm sorry to report that my dogs ALSO were happy with the peat-heavy mix and actually ate half the mix out from around the poor blueberry rootball and chewed on the bush itself. I thought it was a goner, but am happy to report that it's greened out nicely. I don't think I'll get berries this year off of it...but I'm just glad it's growing back! So, from my neck of the woods, they are fairly hardy! Smile

funny post Oh my gosh, what a story! I can recommend some durable chew toys for those dogs of yours to keep their teeth off the plants.

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  llama momma on 4/22/2012, 11:00 am

philct --"Mine are in whiskey barrels and are doing well so far, as long as you keep it watered and check to make sure the soil is acidic you should be fine!!"

Great philct, That sounds encouraging, thanks!

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  llama momma on 4/22/2012, 11:14 am

Hey Walnut
That's good to know they are quite hardy. I don't have dogs but I wonder if deer will eat blueberry plants?

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Post  GWN on 4/22/2012, 11:24 am

. I thought it was a goner, but am happy to report that it's greened out nicely. I don't think I'll get berries this year off of it...but I'm just glad it's growing back! So, from my neck of the woods, they are fairly hardy!
My dog did that as well, and that particular blueberry bush did better than any of the others.
He used to dig up everything. He even eats all the blackberries when we are walking in the woods.

One thing I learned about digger dogs is that apparently they are not as bad if you wear gloves when you plant things, they apparently smell you... on the bulbs etc...
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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  kbb964 on 4/23/2012, 3:09 pm

Darn it , my local home Depot did not have the offer on the Blueberry bushes! I nearly bought a raspberry bush tho! Decided against it as I didnt know where i would put it.
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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  llama momma on 4/23/2012, 3:43 pm

I'm sorry too. They told me the bushes came from a local source, I kinda wondered about your location so far away from mine.... anyway, best of luck to you. That's probably it for my luck for a very long time.

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  WolfHeart on 4/23/2012, 5:29 pm

do you know if they are low-bush or high-bush blueberries?

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Post  llama momma on 4/23/2012, 5:33 pm

I'm pretty sure they are highbush varieties grown for the northern states - Jersey, Duke, and Bluejay

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Post  WolfHeart on 4/23/2012, 6:28 pm

Thanks Llama momma, I remember eating these blueberries while I worked in Maine that were the best I have ever had! after some research I think that they are Vaccinium angustifolium.....Now if I can grow those in my back yard Wink That would be awesome

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Post  llama momma on 4/23/2012, 7:46 pm

WolfH-
There seems to be a whole bunch of varieties. I looked up the one you mentioned, it is also called "Brunswick". It is a lowbush variety. One article I looked at briefly said it can grow from zone 2-5(?). Maybe you could find a distributor online and grow your own.

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Re: Deal or Steal of the Day!

Post  RoOsTeR on 4/23/2012, 8:33 pm

It's kind of lame, but I got a heck of a steal today Very Happy I was driving down an alley and found this hangin out of a dumpster:


Razz Other than being a little dirty, it's in perfect shape. Not a hole one I must lead a pretty boring life to get excited about finding a net in a dumpster affraid

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/23/2012, 8:40 pm

Cool find, Rooster! A bit of envy, here, though. As to blueberries, the best I remember was in Nova Scotia, at a resort called Sonehame. The whole slope between the cabins and the lodge was covered in short-growing blueberries of exquisite taste. Didn't think I could get a perloined plant through customs, so all I have is memory.

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Post  llama momma on 4/23/2012, 8:58 pm

Hey Rooster you have the better eye cyclops You saw perhaps a perfectly good trellis where someone else could only see trash.

NonnaPV - it would be wonderful if that resort was still in business and you could find out what variety they have and it was compatible to your area to grow. So many ifs, geez, there goes my imagination Rolling Eyes

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/23/2012, 9:02 pm

Just between you and me, a secret shared amongst us Western Oregonians is the wonderful wild blueberries growing up around Mt. Adams, just north of the Columbia Gorge. Yes, it takes a bit to scope the best fields out, and to drag some kind of camper, etc. up so as to spend a couple of days harvesting these delectible berries, but.......you do what you gotta do, right? Yes, it'd be nice to grow them in one's backyard, but living at the elevation where they grow best would be onerous.

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Post  llama momma on 4/23/2012, 9:15 pm

Yes it would be onerous, also a poor purloined plant from your resort would have never made it... At least memories are nice. Boy finding your own stash of berries is so much fun! Here's another one - Long time ago the woods behind my parents house had wild strawberries and I use to enjoy picking and eating them. Sometimes I'd find a big ol box turtle among the little berries chomping down the sweet fruits too. Ah, a nice childhood memory.


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Post  kittykat on 4/23/2012, 9:17 pm

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@RoOsTeR wrote:It's kind of lame, but I got a heck of a steal today Very Happy I was driving down an alley and found this hangin out of a dumpster:


Razz Other than being a little dirty, it's in perfect shape. Not a hole one I must lead a pretty boring life to get excited about finding a net in a dumpster affraid

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