Isn’t it amazing how one small thing can suddenly change a lot of plans? This was the case this past Saturday. My son and I were just about to walk out the door when my husband called and said. “There’s a sign down the road that says, blueberry plants for sale.” He knew I was in the market for some and would be ordering the plants fairly soon. I said, “That’ll be our first stop.” Well, we did stop and I never made it to town that day. I bought 50 blueberry bushes and had them all planted by the next afternoon, with the help of my son, dad and mom of course.
I normally order my blueberry bushes from Stark Brothers but these plants looked so good and healthy that I decided to buy them from Joe of Joyner Farm and Nursery. He was so helpful and knowledgeable and was kind enough to answer all of my questions concerning all things blueberries. His wife Sarah was super sweet and helped me load the berries into my truck. (It took two trips). If you are in the Pilot Mountain or the Belews Creek, NC area give him a call (336)462-4657. I will be pinching the blooms off this spring, so the plants can focus on getting established in their new environment. That’s going to be a hard thing to do but is necessary for a better plant. He has several varieties available, some of which I had not heard of. I bought Premier, Brightwell, Ochlockonee, Tifblue and Climax. These plants will produce from May until September.
I hadn’t really planned on buying 50 blueberry bushes last Saturday but I am so glad I did. I hope to start a U-Pick farm at my other grandparents farm up the road from the farm that I live on now. We currently mow for hay there but we have room for more things, So I wanted to start with blueberries and hope to add a few more things there in the future. So exciting!!
This farm is also a very special place. One where my grandparents worked very hard on. They raised a garden here for many years. I think they tried growing a little bit of everything here. It’s kind of funny my mom and I were talking one day and she said that probably the one thing my grandpa really didn’t like to grow was blueberries. She said she thought it was because the birds seemed to eat most of them. I figure though with 50 bushes and maybe more in the future there should be enough for us and the birds. I guess time will tell.