This year, finally, we have a real crop of blueberries! We’ve been picking almost a pint a day. It’s a bumper crop compared to last year, when I could find only a few ripe berries at any time. Those never made it into the house! While it’s fun to eat berries right from the bush, I really wanted to have enough to make some summery blueberry treats. This is the third year since planting, so if you decide to add blueberries to your landscape don’t be in a hurry for a harvest…but it’s worth the wait.
We planted blueberries around 2 sides of the garden with the idea that they might eventually form a hedge. The plants are quite beautiful! They like acid soil, which we achieve by mulching with pine needles and peat moss. Fruit flies can be a problem for blueberries, which we avoided by spraying every 7 days with Uncle Mikey’s Herbal Extract. It’s a versatile product that is useful to repel a variety of garden pests.
Here you can see our favorites: Blueberry pancakes and blueberry muffins. It felt blueberry prosperous to throw a whole handful onto each pancake!
I use a basic recipe for Oat Bran Muffins adapted from the one on the bag of Bob’s Red Mill Oat Bran. The recipe follows.