Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Guerilla Gardening in My Dad's Backyard

I was home last month visiting my parents and I saw at Home Depot they were selling blueberry bushes for an amazing price! 3 bushes for $12.00! Wow. $4 for a 6 inch pot. Can't beat that price since it was originally $9! That's more than half off. Although... I was imagining who would have the space for 3 bushes of blueberries! Wouldn't that be nice!
On a whim, I decided to buy the bush for my parent's backyard. I didn't even ask them for permission to plant it. A little guerilla gardening at home! Hahahahaha. I bought it and decided just to find a place to plant it and then tell them later. I've done this before, where I just plant things. It's not new to them. I picked out this healthy looking plant. It had no leaves, but there were lots of buds. So hopefully it will just take off.
I found a sunny spot near the fence. I dug a hole and plopped it in with fresh potting soil.
The soil in my parent's backyard is very hard and has lots of clay. So I added a good dose of potting soil. After I planted it I told my parents and they said, "hope the squirrels don't eat all the berries!"
Last week, I went home again to see my mom for Mother's Day. I went to the backyard to see how well the blueberry bush was doing. It looked great! It grew lots of leaves and started blooming with flowers! We just might get blueberries this season afterall!
Here is another view of the bush. It has grown a lot in one month! I'm so excited! I can't wait to see how it grows in the seasons to come!


  1. You likely know this but blueberries typically require a second plant of a different variety to produce fruit. If your parents don't have a second plant, you might want to snag a second in a different variety to plant along side it so you really get a nice crop in a few years.

    KK @ www.preppypinkcrocodile.com

  2. You should have taken all 3 as they need multiple bushes for pollination to get berries.

  3. Hi Jenny,
    Is it possible for the fruit to be pollinated from the same bush?

    1. it will be partially self pollinated so you can still get few berries. Having multiple varieties/bushes helps get most of the pollination and larger berries.

  4. Oh my gosh, I want to plant some blueberry bushes now! I think I might do the same thing as you....plant them and tell my husband later! You've inspired me!!!

    Cindy Bee

  5. OK - so after reading the comments I'm inspired to plant a couple or three or four bushes!!! I'm actually a Master Gardener (Advanced even!) but I am not a specializer in berries.

    Cindy Bee


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