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Here’s the weekly vlog update for 18 July 2010 …

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I finally shot a video update of the container garden and posted it on YouTube.

I’ve been adding new containers almost weekly and plan to continue through the growing season.

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For the last month the weather here has been unseasonably warm and sunny.  This has given the berries a great running start. 

While watering the containers today, after another fine day in the mid eighties, I had a few exciting surprises waiting for me…

1.) The strawberry blossoms are starting already.  There are only four, so far, but it’s a start.

2.) Both  transplant blueberries are showing signs of life.  I don’t have high expectations for either of them this year, but maybe next year.

3.) Every branch on the cherry tree is budding!  I was wondering if it would make it.  It was in pretty rough shape when I did the spring cleanup a few weeks ago.  This was a pleasant surprise.

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Containers enjoying the sun- first day of spring

The Chippewa blueberry is setting buds nicely.   The two transplants are still showing no signs of life.  This concerns me, as I will need at least one of these plants to pollinate the Chippewa.

If the Chippewa was a two-year-old start I wouldn’t be too concerned, because I would not let it set fruit this year, but since it’s larger and being raised in a container, I’m going to give it a try this year.

To hedge the chance of pollination, I’ve added a new blueberry variety to the mix.  The new addition is a Duke.  I’m guessing it is a two-year old ,one gallon container.  This will be transplanted into a cedar container like the Raspberry and Chippewa.

I’m going to move the Blue Ray and Jersey containers to the germinator fridge, with the hopes of getting them going.  With some special attention, I should be able to get them an early start, if they did survive.

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We have recently expanded our container garden to include some strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

Last year I planted a couple of two-year-old blueberry plants, only to have them flounder through the summer and get nearly destroyed by winter-starved bunnies.   These both appear to have made it through the winter alive.  I’ve transplanted them into containers and will nurse them through this year.

I also had one surviving raspberry start we got from Burgess Nursery a couple years ago.  This start was a bare-root twig that didn’t do very well at our old extremely shaded house.

This past weekend we picked up some additions to the berry container garden.

We added a ten pack of ever-bearing Quinalt strawberries, a three pack of Mary Washington asparagus (which will go in one of our established landscape beds), and two very nice one gallon starts- another blueberry and an ever-bearing Rubus ‘Everbearing’ raspberry.

We found the blueberry and raspberry plants at Wal-Mart for $10 each!  They look extremely healthy and ready to go.  They must have just received the carts and didn’t even have them displayed.  In fact, the carts were full when I selected our stock.

For the strawberries, I used a  regular self-watering pot and an old nursery container with the bottom cut out, buried in the center.  This provides a nice two layer pot that should give the strawberries amply room to grow and hang down.  They are looking good considering how they looked when they came out of the $3.98 Home Depot package.

With  the warm weather forecast this week, they should have a good running start into spring…

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