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Where to Plant Blueberries in Your Home Garden

Blueberries in a garden plot with netting

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruiting plants you can grow in your garden. They don’t need much in the way of pest control (unless you consider birds a pest; in which case, invest in some netting), they aren’t particularly prone to disease, and they are quite ornamental throughout the season—whether they’re in full leaf, flowering, or fruiting.

But, incorporating blueberries into your garden takes some planning.

The first thing you’ll need to decide is where you want to plant your blueberries: beside the house as a landscape feature? In the back yard as a hedge? In raised beds in your designated garden? In pots you can roll to different spots on your deck? Wherever you choose to plant them, make sure your blueberries have the right environment.

Blueberry Basics: Picking a Spot

Blueberries can actually grow well in a broad range of soil types. The key here is that organic matter needs to be plentiful in the root zone area. With those key criteria met, the only thing between you and flourishing blueberries is the proper pH. Blueberries can only absorb water and nutrients if their soil has a pH between 4.0 and 4.8.

Where have you planted your blueberries? What challenges have you faced about planning where to plant your blueberries? Please share your experiences here by commenting below.


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