Way back in January we ordered 20 blueberries from our local perennial nursery Against the Wind. This week Jordan and Isis planted them with such love and attention that we just had to share this loving process with you all. I can’t help but feel these bushes have the best possible chance at rooting in successfully, and enjoying their life here at Tricycle Acres…
We decided to plant the bushes 4 feet apart on the bias (in a triangle grid) which we do a lot around here, maximizing space. The blueberries were co-planted with a row of strawberries which I am hopeful will produce fruit for us this year as they are hearty and mature so… fingers crossed we will have our own bounty this time round. Here is how these bushes were welcomed to our garden:
First they dug a nice deep hole, at the base of which they placed a fist size rock. Why a rock you say? Well after Jordan spent 2 weeks at the clear sky meditation center planting an intensive cold climate food forest, learning from Richard Walker, he came back with more than one juicy planting tip. The rock for example is more conductive than soil alone and is able to pick up the earths current ever so slightly. Over 25 years trialing this method Richard has found that plants with a rock at the base of the root ball has proven to be more fruitful than those without the bonus conductor!
Next a slurry of peat moss and bone and blood meal was made and poured into the hole with the plant. Then came a layer of premium worm castings (which our very own DIRT BAG: aka Jordan) has begun selling and brewing as his off farm funding venture; more about that soon. The plants then got a layer of garden soil, and a nice serving of our own fungal dominated compost, and then another layer of soil. Then a nice firm pack and a little hand formed crater was deeply watered and top dressed with a thick layer of straw mulch. Jordan then gave all the plants a boost with his “Better Soil Biology Extract” which consisted of worm castings and two types of our finished composts. The whole patch got a serpentine of soaker hose and a deep rooting growth blessing.
Oh, and we pinched off all the flowers, so that this year the plants energy will go into making roots rather than fruit 😦 I know sad right, but here’s hoping next year will be a blueberry flush… especially with our buzzing honey bees to pollinate them next year… who will be arriving here on Sunday, all 20 000 of them!