Blueberries have been an important crop to North America for hundreds of years. They provided sustenance for Native Americans, and were seen as a privilege for early settlers. During the Civil War they were canned and given to Union troops from the shores of the Potomac to the outskirts of Atlanta. They even captured the imagination of influential Americans, like Robert Frost, who wrote in his poem Blueberries:
You ought to have seen what I saw on my way
To the village, through Mortenson’s pasture to-day:
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come! Read more
Today’s blog post comes to us from Carlos C., a long time Growers Supply employee and hobby gardener.
My wife and I are big fans of pick-your-own blueberries and each year we visit the local orchards to stock up. I planted my own blueberry bushes four years ago, along with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. At the beginning of each season, I would see tiny blueberries growing, but by harvest time they would always seem to disappear. Obviously the local New England birds were “picking their own,” along with the other critters in my neighborhood. Determined to have my own blueberries for breakfast this year, I decided to install some bird netting over the blueberry bushes.