Blue Sky & Blueberries

August at Coppertop is starting out in the best way possible with a visit from dear family, the first ripe blueberries, and long summer days filled with sunshine.IMG_1600

We planted five blueberry bushes in late February. I wrote down what varieties they were on a sheet of paper that I’ve since lost, but I remember a couple had “North” in their name — North Country and Northsky — and promised a wild blueberry flavor.  Three  of the plants have grown rapidly and are producing well.

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Our days have been hot! Hot for our area means temps have reached over 80F. I’m thankful that a couple of weeks ago our son convinced us to purchase bales of alfalfa and hay to use to mulch the veggie garden in between the raised beds.  He did a great job laying layers. The rows are staying weed-free longer, and the plants are retaining moisture better in the warm August sunshine.

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The airy, fernlike row above is the asparagus hedge, still sending up occasional shoots. I haven’t harvested any for well over a month, and instead am allowing them to grow green and tall, then fernlike, to gather strength for the plant for upcoming years.

 

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