Monday, March 21, 2011


Look at that! Our first crop of blueberries! It's cheating a bit, because all those berries were on the bush when I bought it. I should have pulled them off so the plant puts its efforts into growing, but I couldn't help myself. This variety is ripe when it's pinky blue, which I find a bit more appetising than the usual deep purple-blue, to be honest.

Blueberries are so, so expensive here ($4 to $8 for about 5oz/ 150g), so I thought I'd try growing my own. Apparently the low chill varieties do quite well in Perth. I got one bush berry (Sunshine Blue) good for our climate, which is the shrubby one, and one, um... taller one (high bush they might be called?) called Delite. I can't find out much about it, but the label says it's low chill. I can't wait for them to start flowing for next season.

I'd planned to plant out the garlic today, but I'm laid up in bed, sick. I got bitten by someone else's dog at the dog park, and it got a nasty infection that's completely wiped me out, which is about the strangest reason I've ever had for a sick day. My boss told me that if anyone complained to him that work from me was late, he was going to tell them that "the dog ate my employee." Groan.


Ruth said...

Hope you are feeling better and have some stong antibiotics dog bits have all sorts of nasty bugs.
Blueberries look great

Michelle said...

where did you get those 2 blueberry bushes? I'm very eager to try to grow them, even though I think my yard is too hot for them.

lupinbunny said...

The bush was from Bunnings in Morley, the taller one was from the garden store on Beaufort St in Inglewood that isn't Mia Flora (not sure what it's called, but it's a couple of streets further north than Mia Flora, on the other side of the road).

Not Quite Nigella said...

I'd love to grow blueberries myself and agree they are so expensive! I recall seeing huge punnets in Canada for $2 and realising that's how they can bake them in pies.

chopinandmysaucepan said...

You're right about blueberries being expensive, for the same $/kg I'd be eating a nice piece of ribeye or tucking into some great seafood! :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Best of luck with your blueberries! They are expensive aren't they! Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. It seems to be going around :(