Make an acid bed

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

HOW would you like to eat home-grown blue­ber­ries, cran­ber­ries, lin­gonber­ries and (in shel­tered spots) Chilean guavas? It’s easy to cre­ate a ded­i­cated bed that these acid-lov­ing crops will be happy in, and now is an ideal time to do so.

The method is eas­ier than grow­ing in pots, which need con­tin­ual wa­ter­ing in dry spells. All three fruits orig­i­nate from wet soils, and a ded­i­cated bed will be far moister than in­di­vid­ual con­tain­ers.

First, iden­tify a site free from peren­nial weeds (it can be in part but not full shade). Ex­ca­vate a bed no smaller than 3ft (90cm) wide and a min­i­mum of 18in (46cm) deep. Line the base with weed-con­trol fab­ric or poly­thene (pierce this with a gar­den fork nu­mer­ous times). Then fill up the bed with a 50:50 by vol­ume mix of gar­den soil and er­i­ca­ceous (acidic) com­post. Fork in some sul­phur chips, too – these help main­tain an acidic en­vi­ron­ment.

Give your blue­ber­ries, lin­gonber­ries, guavas and cran­ber­ries a good wa­ter in their pots, then ex­ca­vate and wa­ter the plant­ing holes, too. The blue­ber­ries grow into medium-sized shrubs around 3-4ft (90-120cm) in height, whereas the oth­ers make ex­cel­lent ground­cover un­der­neath. Space blue­ber­ries 3ft (90cm) apart and any ground­cover 1ft (30cm) apart. Wa­ter them in well, then add a mulch of bark chips to keep weeds at bay.

Then, reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing in dry spells and an an­nual top up of forked-in sul­phur chips are all that’s needed.

You can eas­ily grow blue­ber­ries and cran­ber­ries

Also, try grow­ing lin­gonber­ries

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