What did you do in the berry patch today?

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Starting blueberries from seed


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Future strawberry patch, 100 x 4. It was plowed this spring, so the top soil is at the bottom rotting. Then it was deep tilled with old school PTO tiller. I tilled it once with my little pony tiller and it got away from me. I paid for it today, weeds ugg... Hard tilling, least it's clean again. I'll try and till it every couple of weeks so it won't get away from me again. Strawberries should do well in it after I add lime.
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Time to start pickin' the elderberries. They did good this year, heads as big as 5 gallon bucket top ๐Ÿ‘
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Also I don't know if you noticed or not but bare root and potted berry plants are expensive :oops: if they are even in stock at all..

I told my wife, we can't afford to do what we have planned for the berry patch with potted or bare roots at these prices. But we can afford a growing season, seeds and kiddie pools ๐Ÿ‘

So... Looks like this coming spring I'll have multiple perennial kiddie pools going for transplants in the fall. I ordered seeds last night. 200 plus gigantic thornless blackberry seeds. 50 plus Victoria Rhubarb seeds. 200 Highbush Blueberry seeds.

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I do cringe at the thought of potted or bareroot plants. I just know for me, trial and error has shown me that I for some reason can't start strawberries by seed, they just don't grow. I will have to splurge for plants/bareroots of strawberries
I think the best means to propagate strawberries is by forcing runners, isn't it?

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It's so confusing sometimes living in zone 6B or 7. I'm going to try and start highbush blueberries from seed. So do I need to go with northern or southern high bush blueberries? Why both ofcourse, because I have absolutely no idea and neither does anyone else that I can find ๐Ÿค”

I've been researching and it seems I could go with one or the other, so I'll just try and sow both and see what happens. The first spring after winter will be the decision maker. What comes back in spring will be transplanted. But what doesn't come back I suspect it was not meant to be.

This is my very first experience with blueberry seeds. This little zip-lock baggie, is supposed to be 200 pre stratified seeds, it looks like there's a lot more than than 200 to me. And yep, that's a sharpened #2 pencil for comparison. Tiny specks, aren't they? I'll probably need a magnifying glass and a damp toothpick, steady hand, lots of holding my breath, and lots of light to sow these seeds in to seed trays. Could you just imagine what would happen, if I sneezed? ๐Ÿ˜‚
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so the round of strawberries I bought from the local nursery that were supposed to be everbearing I think are june bearing. They are lush and beautiful-standing about 6-8 inches tall but didn't continue to blossom and produce berries like the Ozarks-same dirt-same sunlight-same watering and actually look healthier than the ever bearings!

My question is do I need to prune these down to the ground? I thought I read somewhere that it is best to prune them back each year, but I don't know if this is accurate or not. I wonder how runners make new plants if you do that.
 
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