Saturday, March 21, 2020

What’s Coming Up In The Garden, 7: highbush blueberry

Last fall I put in 8 native NC highbush blueberries along the fence going down the path to Poplar Folly, partly to get some roots in the soil, partly to help pollinators and wildlife, partly to add some screening along that side of the farm, and partly to give us some blueberries to harvest.

These had been originally planned for the strip of land we own along our gravel lane up to the paved road, but when neighbors voted to hire the road repair with someone who cleared every living thing along the right of way coming down the hill, I decided I wasn’t willing to put my own time/effort/money into planting that strip, even though we own it, and even though it’s outside the right of way. Hard call, but life is too short to waste effort.

I’m glad to have these on the path to Poplar Folly, and it is exciting to see them leafing out:

I took a photo of the bottom area so you can see a bit of Poplar Folly:

The darkish strip just beyond the green is one of the terraced beds I made using brush and then stall waste and autumn leaves. It’s mostly mulched down now and today after the rain I sowed a mix of shade and part-shade pollinator mix in hopes of roots and forage for bees and other pollinators.

More info on the blueberries:

Plant Details

Vaccinium corymbosum [several other species have been split from this]

Highbush Blueberry, Smooth Highbush Blueberry

Scientific Name:

Vaccinium corymbosum [several other species have been split from this]



Species Epithet:


Common Name:

Highbush Blueberry, Smooth Highbush Blueberry

Plant Type


Life Cycle


Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)


NC Native


Grey Horse Matters said...

Love blueberries. We have some bushes in the garden too.

billie said...

We have a much older pair of blueberry bushes in the back yard but Clem has pruned them severely!