Update on the Blueberry Plants

Within the last day or two, I notice my two blueberry plants have dark-colored spots on their leaves. This is my first time to grow blueberry plants, so I am not familiar with all the possible blueberry related diseases. If you are familiar with this discoloration on the leaves of my blueberry plant and what I can do to treat it, I would appreciate any feedback you can offer.

Here is a picture:

Blueberry Plant Disease

Blueberry Plant Disease

Happy Gardening from Sandra

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Blueberry Plant Update

Currently, I have two blueberry bushes. When I first bought the plants I thought it was important to buy two separate varieties to find which plant will produce more fruit. I bought a Britewell and a Premier blueberry plant from Lowes when they had their plants at half off late last year.  The plants were lanky and had few leaves. I know you may be asking yourself, then why would she buy these plants when they seem a bit sickly?

Well….looks can be very deceiving. Both of my blueberry bushes have small cluster of blueberries that are slowly ripping on the plant. I hope to be able to enjoy some blueberries soon. I have read that blueberry plants usually do not produce blueberries their first year, so I am pleased with their progress. Presently, I have the plants under an oak tree where they receive part sun and part shade and are along side the Latham raspberry plan. To help promote their growth, I give my blueberry plants with coffee grounds and coffee now and then as they love the acid from coffee.

Here are some pictures of the progression of my blueberry plants since purchase.

Blueberry Plants_Future Home

Blueberry Plants_Future Home

Blueberry Plants_After purchase

Blueberry Plants_After purchase

The blueberries are coming out from hibernation. Woo Hoo!

Blueberry Plants_Blueberries are forming

Blueberry Plants_Blueberries are forming

Blueberry Plants_Today

Blueberry Plants_Today

Happy Gardening from Sandra

Update-Latham Raspberry Bush

Currently, I have one Latham Raspberry bush. When I first bought it looked no more than a bumpy stick. I thought to myself, how is this raspberry stick going to produce some edible raspberries by early summer? Well….looks can be very deceiving. My raspberry bush has a cluster of raspberries growing and I hope able to enjoy some raspberries soon.

Here are some pictures of the progression of the Latham Raspberry stick, I mean berry plant.

Here is a picture where the new home will be:

Latham Raspberry Bush_Future Home

Latham Raspberry Bush_Future Home

Here is a picture once the stick, I mean the berry plant was transplanted to give off the future berries I will grave.

Latham Raspberry Bush_Settling in to new home

Latham Raspberry Bush_Settling in to new home

 

Winterizing the berry plant, along with the small garden.

Latham Raspberry Bush_Making it through the winter

Latham Raspberry Bush_Making it through the winter

Here are the first signs of life from the stick, I mean berry plant I bought. 🙂

Latham Raspberry Bush_First signs of life

Latham Raspberry Bush_First signs of life

I see flowers…Go Berry Go!

Latham Raspberry Bush_I see flowers

Latham Raspberry Bush_I see flowers

The first berries have come up…Woo Hoo!

Latham Raspberry Bush_First signs of berries

Latham Raspberry Bush_First signs of berries

 

I am starting to see signs of pink.

Latham Raspberry Bush_Turning Pink

Latham Raspberry Bush_Turning Pink

 

Here is a picture of what the berry plant is doing today:

Latham Raspberry Bush_Will need to resist not to pluck soon

Latham Raspberry Bush_Will need to resist not to pluck soon

 

Happy Gardening from Sandra

Bundling up the garden against the cold

Colder weather has descended upon Austin recently and I have done my best to keep my plants protected. My husband and I moved the citrus plants back into the garage for safe keeping. In addition, I have placed coverings over my smaller raised garden which is now filled with onions, beets, carrots, radishes and has various plant around the garden to make it easier to keep all plants protected. 

Here is a picture of the small raised garden with a protective covering:

Small Garden Protection

Small Garden Protection

I am also growing strawberries in four containers to set up my own mobile strawberry patch. I am protecting my strawberry plants with a protective covering just to make sure my strawberries make it through the cold patches Austin is experiencing.

Here is a picture of my protected mobile strawberry patch:

Strawberry Mobile Container Patch

Strawberry Mobile Container Patch

My berry plants are hanging in through the cold weather. However, I have some concerns that my blackberry plants are loosing some leaves. I am hoping this may be part of the ebb and flow of its growth.

Here is the current state of my berry plants:

Berry Plants on 1-30-10

Berry Plants on 1-30-10

Happy Gardening from Sandra

Update on the berry plants since the wintery weather blew into Austin…

There is some good news…The berry plants have fared pretty well since the wintery weather arrived in Austin. 

The blueberries lost some of  leaves since the wintery weather came to Austin. I think most of this is attributed to the wind and lack of watering on my part. I watered them today, but I watered them sparingly knowing Austin is in for another cold night. I did not want the roots to breeze due to a deep watering. See for yourself and let me know what you think…

Current status of the blueberries on 1/10/10.

Current status of the blueberries on 1/10/10.

The raspberry seems to be doing as well as when I bought it and planted it. Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, you are looking at a raspberry stick… LOL    This is how the plant came. I hope there will be progress in the next few months, like leaves will be nice. 🙂

Current state of the Latham Raspberry plant on 1/10/10.

Current state of the Latham Raspberry plant on 1/10/10.

The blackberries are troopers. They are handling whatever mother nature is throwing at them in Austin. I hope to be able to have a bountiful harvest this summer.

Current state of the blackberry plants on 1/10/10.

Current state of the blackberry plants on 1/10/10.

Happy gardening from Sandra.

Blueberry, Blackberry & Raspberry Planting

When I planted my blueberry, blackberry and raspberry plants in late December/early January, I did some research before planting. However, I think I may have missed some critical steps along the way.

While planting my blackberry plants (i.e., one Navaho & one Ouachita blackberry plant, both are thornless and bear fruit in the  summer), I used a combination of compost (i.e., left over Lady Bug Revitalizer Compost) and peat humus (i.e., from Loews) mix, but I forgot to use some sand to make the soil loamy enough. My hope is this will not impact the plant much. However, since planting the plants, I have not been able to water regularly as I would like, as it is dark when I come home from work and most times I just forget. Yes, I know… Terrible gardening mom I am turning out to be.

Please find a link to review the Ouachita and Navaho blackberry plant:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/fruit/blackberries/blackberries.html

While planting my blueberry (i.e., one rabbit eye Premier& one rabbit eye Brightwell) and raspberry (i.e., Latham raspberry)  plants, I was able to do more research and I believe I got the right soil combination mix, but I started to run out of sand while I was planting. Hopefully, this will not impact the plants too much. I am not watering as much as I should with those plants either. At this rate, I am providing deep watering once a week and letting rain take care of the rest.

Please find a link to review rabbit eye Premier and Brightwell blueberry plant:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/fruit/blueberry/blueberries.html

Please find a link to review Latham Raspberry plant:

http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pda_b08b.html

The plants are now lined along the privacy fence on the northwest side of the house, where the plants get plenty of sunlight and some coverage from the winds.

Here are some pictures to see the progress of planting the berries.

Before planting blueberry plants.

Before planting blueberry plants.

Planted blackberry plants.

Planted blackberry plants.

Happy gardening from Sandra