Return to the Landscape Design Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
At the feet of the blueberries

Posted by pbl_ge 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 29, 12 at 11:19

I had posted this to the edible landscapes forum, before I realized that forum is about 99.9% dead.

I know people have asked about underplantings for blueberries before, but our conditions are not the same as prior questioners, so I thought I'd see if the answers differed. We put a line of blueberries on the south side of our house, immediately next to the driveway. Here's a before/after (actually, it's after/before) photo of the area:

We're hoping these will tolerate the sub-optimal blueberry conditions: our soil is rather alkaline (ph=7.0 before amending) and this is only half sun/shade. The sun will depend a lot on the season and how high the sun is in the sky. (That's a clematis jackmanii in the middle, btw.)

We'd like something to plant underneath them that will keep the weeds down without inhibiting blueberry growth. We added a lot of compost, peat moss (I know, I know--but we had priorities) and the sulfate acidifying stuff. We will continue to work on acidifying the soil.

What would you plant here? Would the fact that this is directly next to the driveway stop you from planting anything edible?

Thanks in advance for you thoughts!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: At the feet of the blueberries

We're hoping these will tolerate the sub-optimal blueberry conditions: our soil is rather alkaline (ph=7.0 before amending) and this is only half sun/shade.

We will continue to work on acidifying the soil.

It seems you already know the answer to the question. Mulch. Anything else, and you'll just end up fighting it to deal with the blueberries.


 o
RE: At the feet of the blueberries

Blueberries require soil pH very acid--4.5-5.5. Anything higher and they get chloritic. If your blueberries are fighting alkaline soil plus leaching from the foundation, you're in a hopeless situation. You just can't keep it acid enough.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Landscape Design Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here