Our recent trip to the local nursery found us bringing something home that wasn’t on our list. These beautiful flowering Monrovia Jubilee and Misty Early Season Blueberries caught our eye.
These varieties are southern highbush blueberries, which have been adapted to withstand the hot summer months in the south and grow well in our area. They differ from the lowbush varieties that grow in the pacific northwest because they will grow 4-5+ feet tall if left untamed.
One bush will produce on its own and additional varieties are not necessary for pollination however, it greatly increases the yield.
These are the 2 varieties we decided on:
The common thread in all of our gardening has been and probably always will be a concern of where we can fit everything. Soft fruits pose an additional dilemma… how to protect the fruit from the sky predators. Knowing they will need to be netted or completely caged to protect from birds our options were somewhat limited.
It came as good news to us that blueberries do best in a raised bed or a container because they need highly acidic soil.
The goal for this year is to get our permanent garden plot established and enclosed. The blueberries will have a raised bed to call their own. In the mean time they will live on our deck safely protected from 4 legged critters and netted when they begin to fruit.