I did it! And I'm soooo nervous that they won't do well, so I only bought two, that way I only have to cry over $50 worth of plants instead of a few hundred. I'll give myself more to fret over if these do alright.
So meet Spartan and Jubilee, of the highbush variety!
Cute, huh? The guy at the nursery said they're maybe 3 or 4 years old already. My kids have already picked all the ripe berries off and enjoyed them thoroughly. There's nothing in the world like the look on a 6 year old's face the first time she tastes fruit from her own plant!
I really hope I got the soil composition right. From my understanding the soil here is really alkaline, and everything I read said that blueberries like acidic soil. The Jubilee plant has a PH tester in it, I know, but the thing only reads alkaline no matter where I put it. I even stuck in in the soil acidifier bag and it still read alkaline. Beats me!
So I mixed large parts of peat moss in with some of the native soil and stirred in that soil acidifier for good measure. The bag said to use like 2 cups of the stuff, but that made me uncomfortable, so I sprinkled in maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup total for the 2 foot hole I put the plant in. I figured it's easier to add more than take it out. I'm not really sure how much water they like, either. On hot days I drench them once a day till that meter reads wet. On cool days like this I just give them a little shower.
And that "mulch" job is just leaves from around the yard crunched up in a bucket. Hope that's okay too. And they get 6 hours of full sun a day. Can you tell I'm totally biting my nails over these poor plants? Am I flashing "first time gardener" on my forehead here or what? This is way different than container gardening, buying premade soil for something just makes it so much easier.
So after all my worrying and fussing, they seem to be doing okay. No wilting, no critters eating them. The new leaves sprouting seem to be doing okay too, so I guess that means I did alright. Time will tell.
Until then, looks like I have more planning to do. Tomatoes, here I come!