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Postby loyd » Sun May 27, 2018 6:08 am

I guess everyone is busy putting netting over their blueberries and trying to extricate skunks from under their shop. Can't think of another reason for the lack of posts . . . just sayin'! :roll:
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Re: Busy?

Postby southpaw57 » Sun May 27, 2018 12:49 pm

Well, everything but the skunks. Starting to think about netting and doing a little bit of woodworking. :geek:
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Re: Busy?

Postby loyd » Sun May 27, 2018 4:52 pm

Netting is a hard job. :twisted:
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Re: Busy?

Postby rgulley » Mon May 28, 2018 12:51 pm

Have never attempted blueberries. My wife loves them. What's involved?
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Re: Busy?

Postby sid_matheny » Mon May 28, 2018 4:07 pm

I got some netting today for the two small bushes we have. Other than that I'm just plain ol' lazy....
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Re: Busy?

Postby loyd » Mon May 28, 2018 6:23 pm

Our advisor on the subject of blueberries tells us to purchase the largest you can from the nursery because they grow slow. My advice is to keep them small so you can cover them with netting when they mature. The bushes at the Valley Home farm in Wartrace are more like the one in the first photo. It's manageable. The cage can be lifted off to pick and put back on pretty easy.

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The one in the second photo is completely unmanageable because it hasn't been managed right and has grown so large that I've had to get 2" pvc for the t-frames. Next year it gets trimmed to be about the size on number one so it behaves in a more civilized manner. Our advisor has promised to show us how.

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Number three had to have extra bracing due to a second unmanageable bush. Not as uncivilized as the big one but still too big to manage. That cage is shown on the planter without netting yet. The netting will need to have a access door like the second one since the cage is too big to lift off.

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Southpaw can advise you better than I on both growing and covering the berries. I do know that without netting the birds will strip the berries as soon as they get blue.

My opinion is that they would be a lot better kept small than letting them grow so that they become a chore. The netting will snag blueberries if you let it touch the bush and it can be a real challenge to unhook them without loosing the berries on that bunch.

We get a lot of berries from the three bushes we have and the wife freezes them so we have them through the year.
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another way

Postby loyd » Tue May 29, 2018 7:10 am

Of course there's another approach.

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Valley Home Farm, Wartrace. A trip down there when the berries are ripe can get you a lot of berries without a lot of energy. :roll:
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Re: Busy?

Postby sid_matheny » Tue May 29, 2018 10:43 am

I plan on trying large tomato cages for mine. Don't know it it will work or not.
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