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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:43 pm    Post subject: Hi Reply with quote

Hello all, im new to this forum and my new hobby is my allotment. Ive always grown "stuff" at home over the years with varying sucess. I have my allotment 2 years , and it still needs a lot of work. Soil is heavy clay, so my first season was spent clearing weeds and adding compost to add nutrients to the soil. Had some nice potatoes, tomatoes, radishes and pumpkins. This years plan is to add blueberry bushes. Im mixing moss peat and compost(70%peat 30% comp.) to give them acidic soil. Not sure if the mix is the best one, any and all advice very welcome. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gabo, and welcome to IG.

I have a couple of blueberry bushes and have planted some for other people. I found the ones that have done the best are the ones that I planted in ericaceous compost, peat on it's own doesn't seem to do anything and many composts have lime in them.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Gabo, the link below brings you to an article on this website put up by the owner about blueberry bushes. Somebody else mentioned those bushes a week or two ago and I was searching to see who it was and found this whilst searching.
Still cannot remember who it was.

http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about1688.html

Anyway welcome along and put up some photos as it will give us a better idea. Which part of the world are you in?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gabo, welcome to the forum. I hope you get as much fun and good information out of it as I have. I'm sorry I can't advise on your blueberries. My soil is on the acid side so I just grow them in ordinary garden soil (enriched, of course).
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to our litle community, Isee you are here a year already so you must know what goes on and feel safe to dip your toes, Do join in everyone has something to contribute.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Welcome, I can only add the same, ericaceous compost and grow a few together to get a better yield
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the welcome, advice and the links, im based in Dublin and wasnt aware some compost makers add lime so i will stick with the ericaceous compost to be on the safe side. I bought 3 b.berrie plants from a shop in monkstown, so hopefully they'll give fruits over the next few years, i also keep hens at home for the eggs and the kids love them,
thanks again for the welcome



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice hens, I also have Colombian blacktails, Cream legbars (Blue eggs) anf Suffolk White along with approx 90k native Honeybees (Apis milliifera millefera) were you at Gurteen at the fancy fowl show, we are an ecclectic bunch here.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No unfortunately with work and kids i dont make it to many shows, would really like to though, we have 5 hens at the moment, all ex battery rir hens, we did have some leghorns a few years back who gave white eggs, do the bees need a lot of space?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

approx 10km Square Laughing
Only joking no I have national hives at the bottom of the garden. But you must know what you are doing as you dont want to annoy the neighbours.
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