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#1 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted May 20, 2016 - 08:57 AM

Been trying to grow blueberries for 5 yrs now and have bought a few each year.

Blueberries are not native to Iowa and our soil does not have as high an acid content as they prefer.

As far as planting I started planting them in two 40 ft rows along side the briars( I will get to latter).

I treat the ground with an acid through the year, and have started using Pine straw mulch (  Think it was Lyall who told me about that. They started to produce last year.

The birds will get all the berries before you do? So I have made cages of hardware cloth to protect them.

A 3 ft length  connected together with hog rings, a fiberglass electric fence post( like a dowel) and zip tie the cage to the post.

Oddly the best luck I have had with the blueberries, has been with a dwarf variety suitable for growing in pots. I have 3 in front of the house n probably bushel pots that are doing nicely,


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Posted May 20, 2016 - 09:16 AM

I tried several times to grow them.  I even mixed my soil half/half with peat and straw mulch.  Gave up after the 3rd year, I think I'm going to try honey berries, I've been told they will grow here.  Good luck! 


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Posted May 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM

They grow wild around here. Find them in the woods all the time. NOT a blue berry fan


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Posted May 20, 2016 - 10:13 AM

I tried several times to grow them.  I even mixed my soil half/half with peat and straw mulch.  Gave up after the 3rd year, I think I'm going to try honey berries, I've been told they will grow here.  Good luck! 

The wife has been talking about trying the honeyberry too.



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Posted May 20, 2016 - 10:16 AM

They grow wild around here. Find them in the woods all the time. NOT a blue berry fan

I too wondered what the big deal was when I first ate blueberries, but now I like them.

May be an acquired taste, like coffee? I think I was in my 30s before I acquired a taste for coffee.



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Posted May 20, 2016 - 10:50 AM

They grow wild around here. Find them in the woods all the time. NOT a blue berry fan

 

 

I too have them growing wild at the cabin.. But they don't produce much fruit.. Was wondering about trying to domesticate them and make patches for picking...



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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:14 AM

I too have them growing wild at the cabin.. But they don't produce much fruit.. Was wondering about trying to domesticate them and make patches for picking...

why not. 



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Posted May 20, 2016 - 12:15 PM

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you should go the The Berry Patch Farm south of Nevada.

They have a big area of Blue Berries and several other types of berries.

The Berry Patch Farm has been there for over 50 years and has got bigger over the years

http://www.berrypatchfarm.com/


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Posted May 20, 2016 - 02:07 PM

JD

you should go the The Berry Patch Farm south of Nevada.

They have a big area of Blue Berries and several other types of berries.

The Berry Patch Farm has been there for over 50 years and has got bigger over the years

http://www.berrypatchfarm.com/

I agree! I only heard of it a couple years ago. And just never got up there? That Grown in Iowa tv show Saturday mornings has featured it . Wifes Uncle (retired farmer told me about it when he heard I was playing around with the berries.


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Posted May 20, 2016 - 02:12 PM

What is a "honeyberry"?



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Posted May 20, 2016 - 04:32 PM

What is a "honeyberry"?

This will probably give you more than you ever wanted to know. They seem like a viable alternative to those whos climate is not condusive to blueberries. http://honeyberryusa...honeyberry.html


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