Just saw another post talkin bout them but I'll start this here instead of hi-jacking that one. History: We have tried blueberry plants for a while with no luck. They grow albeit not very much, a little bushy, then die off after never producing more than a hand full of berries. I'm in warm Norf Dakoota.
I've heard/read they like acidic soil. I want to make a raised bed, maybe 2 foot to grow them in. What should I use for soil? Should I mix half with peat moss? I have lots of chicken manure, some a year old mixed in with straw, some 2-3 years old mixed with wood chips/shavings (basically the bedding from the coup I have thrown in the coup run, the chickens have been scratching/adding too for 3 years). Raked that up last week, I have a huge pile of chicken (gold). Starting this soil from scratch, what would those of y'all experienced with blueberries do?
Before I build the raised bed, how should I treat the ground under the bed? I figure the roots will eventually get down into the original soil so I think that should be treated good to. It is a hard packed soil, depending on where u dig, I get into hard clay, or sand, no way to know until u dig it. The garden soil has been tilled down to 6 inches and no sand but if I went deeper, probably would be. Would this be a good place to load up with fresh chicken gold and lots of peat moss. as it *should* be rotted atleast a year before the roots get that deep?