Head Line News Report Hehehe, you really can’t make this stuff up.
A man was alarmed when the police helicopter swooped low over his property.
Soon, Bartow County, Georgia, deputies “strapped to the gills” with guns and with a drug dog in tow onverged on his doorstep.
They had the grower dead to rights.
Except the plant that cops had spotted from the air was … Okra.
Grin maybe I won’t grow Okra next year!!!
Probably the 2 most important considerations in planning your berry patch is ample moisture and your soil pH.
To measure the acidity of a substance, scientists use the pH test. The abbreviation pH stands for parts Hydrogen. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14, 0 is a highly acidic, 14 is highly alkaline and 7 is perfectly neutral. Soil pH is normally in the 5.0 to 8.5+ pH range.
Many soils have a pH in the slightly acidic range (the upper 6’s). Only soils that have a high lime content running into the alkaline end of the scale. Most plants require a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0(Neutral pH). Wet soils tend to be more acidic than dry soils. Acidic soils 5.0 to 6.0 pH, Neutral soil 6.0 to 7.0 pH and
alkaline soil 7.0 to 8.5+ pH.
Berries don’t like me very much In my part of Southwest Oklahoma my soil is about 7.9 pH. way to alkaline to make most berry plants happy. Our high summer temperatures and dry winds do not favor berry crops.
Yes your right. There are things that can be done to admin soil to make it more acid based. However that is a never ending yearly project that I am not willing to start or do every spring.
Blueberry – perennial
Wild (lowbush) blueberries are smaller than cultivated highbush berries and are prized for their intense color. The lowbush blueberry is found from the Atlantic Canadian provinces westward to Quebec and southward to Michigan and West Virginia.
Highbush cultivars of blueberries are available, with each variety having a unique flavor. Rabbiteye blueberr is a southern type of blueberry produced from the Carolinas to the Gulf Coast states. Other important species in North America include the hillside or dryland blueberry. It is native to the eastern U.S. and is common in the Appalachians and the Piedmont of the Southeast. Sparkleberry is a common wild species found on sandy soils in the Southeast.
Raspberry – perennial
Many of the most important modern commercial red raspberry cultivars derive from hybrids between R. idaeus and R. strigosus.
Raspberries can be cultivated from hardiness zones 3 to 9. Raspberries are traditionally planted in the winter as dormant canes.
Warning Raspberries are very vigorous and can be locally invasive. They propagate using basal shoots (also known as suckers), extended underground shoots that develop roots and individual plants. They can sucker new canes some distance from the main plant. For this reason, raspberries spread well, and can take over gardens if left unchecked.
Blackberry – perennial
Blackberries can be grown in almost all locations in the United States and are hardy in zones 3 to 9. There are 375 or more species of blackberries growing worldwide.
Hint Blackberries like Raspberries can be locally invasive.
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