Garden Fridays: now with more blueberries!

by Shawnda on January 27, 2012

in Garden

Blueberries

And grapevines!

It’s winter, so all we’ve really got going at the moment are blueberries and citrus. Besides an herb box. And a single stray broccoli plant that popped up out of no where.

We picked up two cabernet grapevines last weekend and are pretty excited about them. We’ve been making wine for 5 years and decided to test the waters of grape production over the next couple of years. (And I bet you can tell what our current retirement dream is, huh?)

Because of the mild weather (hello, 75 degrees in mid-January!), our blueberry bushes have not only flowered but we’ve actually got blueberries growing already. I’m not sure what that means for the spring or if cold weather actually does set in… but for now, there’s a batch of blueberry muffins in the backyard.

Winter Citrus

The citrus are mostly thriving. We’ve got 2-3 dozen key limes on one tree, a hundred blooms on the other key lime tree, half a dozen pink lemons, half a dozen Meyers. One of the Meyers appears to be in distress, but I’m not sure what’s wrong with it or if it’s going to make it. The fig, avocado, and pomegranate trees are quiet for the winter.

Within the next couple of weeks, I’ll be start seedlings indoors for our spring garden and help out with a Gardening 101 get-together with some friends. We’ll be back in the full swing of things by early March :)

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily January 27, 2012 at 4:14 am

I am about a million different shades of jealous right now. Not only do you get 75 in January (which we NEVER get, even in summer), but you have the climate to actually grow things other than root vegetables! I think having citrus trees would be the ultimate cool thing ever. Happy weekend!

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2 branny January 27, 2012 at 5:39 am

My husband purchased two blueberry bushes last fall. It was a mental brain bender trying to figure out where to plant them so that the horses wouldn’t snag all the berries behind our back!

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3 Maureen January 27, 2012 at 6:05 am

I went to a party last weekend and my friend had 3 huge pots of blueberries on her deck. It was all I could do not to try to drag them home with me. If she can do it so can I. I love blueberries!

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4 Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) January 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

Last spring/summer, I tried my hand for the first time ever at gardening. I got a ton of seedlings but once they went into the ground, they all died. And a vicious, sudden rainstorm drowned all of my herbs beyond repair. So I’m very jealous of your amazing blueberries and citrus fruits! How awesome is your garden?!?!

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5 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker January 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

I’m so jealous that you live somewhere where you can grow fig and avocado trees! I am looking forward to expanding my little garden this year and have been thinking about blueberry bushes since I eat so much of them!

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6 Jackie @ Domestic Fits January 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

Oh. My. GOODNESS! Those pictures are so pretty I want to hang them on my wall. Beautiful!

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7 Alice January 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Your photos are lovely! We have lots of oranges now. They are a bit on a sour side, for my taste, but very juicy — so fresh orange juice every day, mmmmmmmmm…

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8 Abby January 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

oh what I would give for fresh blueberries right now! We don’t start seeing signs of them up here until June.

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9 Life of a Modern Housewife January 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Oh I’m jealous. I had to bring my lemon meyer inside because it’s too cold at night. I’ve had over 20 blooms, and now just hoping all take to producing fruit. My blueberry trees are bare :(

It’s warm here during the day, but not 75…look forward to seeing all the amazing things you do with your garden treats!

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10 Ann P. January 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm

How wonderful that you have a garden of blueberries!!! one of my favorite fruits EVER, and considering I could eat a pound a day (and have!), a blueberry bush or 10 is my dream. :) Your produce sounds amazing!

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11 BeckyS January 28, 2012 at 5:18 am

How lucky you are to have such a bountiful garden! Enjoy the fruits of your labor and let us in on your adventures in winemaking! If your wine is as good as your recipes…well need I say more? Enjoy!

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12 Laura January 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

Ordering my seeds today. Looking forward to getting them started in a couple weeks! Your fruit trees are amazing. I have several dwarf varieties potted on my sun porch (meyer, lime, and pink variegated) that are just starting to bloom. It will be smelling gorgeous out there in a week or so. Hope your grapes do well, we’re thinking about maybe trying some hop rhizomes this year…

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13 sue January 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

Beautiful pictures!!!

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