Berry Good Day For Gardening

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!!!

Berry Garden

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.

I have included a U.S. map to help you determine your soils pH. Any area colored blue / blueish is basically alkaline soils. The brown / brownish areas have acid based soils. Click Map To Zoom In
usa pH map

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.

Not from the U.S.A. Leave a comment telling me about your home town and country

Why is common sense so uncommon?
Don’t be Shy. Leave me your comment(s)

Advertisements

11 responses to “Berry Good Day For Gardening

  1. This post and the next one on fruit trees address two crops that we have been working with. We are having much more success with berries because of our region of the Appalanchian Mountains tends to get a late freeze in April, after most of the fruit trees have bloomed. For the past couple of years, apples are the only trees that have kept their young fruits. On the other hand, in mid-harvest time, we can pick half a dozen quarts of berries per day!
    Oscar

    Liked by 1 person

    • 😦 It seems to me that Apricot and Peach trees are often fooled into blooming early in the season then are often hit by a late hard freeze.

      Happy holiday season

      Like

  2. And yes, blackberries are definitely invasive lol…

    Like

  3. I had wondered how the okra on my windowsill might look to a passing police officer 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I grow blueberries in the bottom half of a whiskey barrel. It is difficult to keep the acidic level up. Twice a year I treat it. Occasionally I add some diluted, acidic juice-like OJ or pickle juice–but never close to the roots. Of course, I don’t know what I’m doing, but the plant is still alive and it gives a few more berries every year. And I mulch it with pine needles which are also acidic. Parsley also likes acidic ground and Monacrh butterflies love parsley.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 🙂 I have had fairly good success using ammonium sulfate as a fertilizer for alkaline soil. In the soil the ammonium ion is released and forms a small amount of acid, lowering the pH balance of the soil, while contributing essential nitrogen for plant growth.

      Good luck with your blueberry(s)

      Like

  5. I don’t think I’ve heard of any berry growing here in Palm Beach County, FL – other than strawberries. Being as I prefer the other types, do you know if any will grow down here?

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Blackberry cultivar ‘Tupy’ (often spelled ‘Tupi’ is a popular variety grown in Mexico. You may also want to look into the Florida prickly blackberry, R. penetrans (R. argutus.
      Raspberry patch you may want to consider Mysore raspberry, R. niveus Thunb. Also called Ceylon, hill or Mahabaleshwar, raspberry
      Blueberry – check out the university od Florida fact sheet on growing blueberries in Florida. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg359
      Berry happy gardening

      Like

  6. Wow I bet okra never got so much attention before!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s