My first attempts are container gardening on my balcony.

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Blueberry, blueberry… how can I make your home more comfortable?

I am not, by any means, a master gardener. I don’t even think you can call me a novice gardener. I am very much winging this, to a certain extent, and trying to figure out this thing called gardening as I go.

This is the blueberry bush in question.

I read that blueberry plants grow well in containers, so I picked one up at Loblaws for $10. I thought I would give it a go.

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Blueberry bushes, I discovered, like to live in acidic soil (a pH around 3-4 is their comfy blanket level). My soil is has a pH around 7.0.

Off I go to Peter Knippel Nursery in search of a pH tester and an acidifier. The staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. I went home with both and some more herbs.

I tested my pH to discover it was about 7.0 pH and then applied the acidifier and watered, per the directions on the container. I tested my pH level the next day and it is the same.

I guess comfy-blanket soil for blueberries is as easy to do as to quilt a blanket. I can’t quilt. I am going to wait a few days and re-test the soil. Hopefully the soil will become more acidic as the product breaks down.