Yesterday happened upon this colony hanging off a branch of a blueberry bush.
My research shows they have voracious appetites, so might have to relocate…
Now is the time to check your blueberries as recommended by NC State integrated pest management folks.
As the circle of life continues the caterpillars will become food for birds in the larvae stage before the get too hairy. They serve as hosts for Tachinid Flies.
And a spider preparing a feast of the Headless Moth or Yellow Necked Datana moth in the fall.
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Want to beat the winter’s blues? No need to drop & do forty (pushups)… instead – Shop for Blueberries!
Although it might be cold outside it’s time for a gardeners’ workout – Shop, Amend, Plant! What could be better.
Time to beat the birds and deer to the bushes… to harvest the sweet baubles in varying shades of green, purple, mauve and blue – victory. Yes, it’s Red, White & Blueberry Time in the NC Piedmont!
At Entwined Gardens we grow Premiere, Onslow, Garden Blue, & Yadkin blueberry varieties in our heavy clay soils.
I attended a lecture a few years ago by NCSU’s Jim Ballington
And here Dr. Ballington’s notes* for fool proof Blueberries – But for us I would rather be tasting so here are a few recipes and more information below.
Premiere is our earliest Blueberry – about 3 mm round Blue pearls of sweetness.
Our first pick yielded about ½ cup…perhaps a Blueberry Tart for dessert.
Simply use premade tart shells, a dollop of Lemon Curd and top with Berries can’t be any easier!
When I get a cup we’ll grill up some wild salmon and top with fresh Blueberry salsa.
1 cup blueberries or more for color
4 Kiwifuit, peeled & chopped
½ cup thinly sliced red onion,
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 Teaspoon honey
- Green Pepper Tabasco (jalapeno) to taste or cut up a jalapeno!
Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and set aside. Great with chips or grilled salmon
- Mango – diced
- fresh ginger shredded
- Avacado – diced
- Vidallia onion siced – Or Green onions sliced
- Green Seedless grapes cut in half
- Strawberries (sliced) or Blackberries
- Cilantro – chopped
- Poppy seed dressing – drizzled to coat
- Cracker bread or bread sticks
– Ahead – Combine everything together except Arugula & cracker bread.
– Serving time – but arugula in botton of glass, add fruit mixture add a little more arugula
– Garnish with bread.
– Fruit keeps for a couple of days in Tupperware.
– I like to mix in a few other textures and colors of lettuce for color… the arugula gives it a nice spicy flavor to balance the sweetness!
– Serves 8-10
Some of my notes:
Check with your local extension agent for your area. Blueberries provide great fall color too, so tuck one into a sunny border!
*Note: For Zone 7 – all recommendations are Rabbit eye
A. Large Fruit, high quality
Premier (2) – early, self-pollinating (last week June)
Columbus – midseason, not self-pollinating
Onslow – Late, self-pollinating (3rd week July)
B. The very best quality
Yadkin (2) – midseason, self pollinating, medium size, medium to dark blue color
C. The Toughest Plants for red clay
Premier – early, self-pollinating (last week June)
Ira – early-midseason, not self-pollinating
Garden Blue (2) – midseason, not self pollinating – sweet
Tifblue – midseason, not self pollinating
Powderblue – late, not self – pollinating
– Full sun is preferred, but performance will be satisfactory with 50% sun.
– Soil -Acidic (pH 4.0 – 5.5) well drained soils
– Recommends roto tilling in 3 cu. ft of pine bark at the site where each plant is to be established.
– Surface mulch recommended pine bark, pine straw, aged pine sawdust or rye straw.
-Supplemental irrigation will be needed when rainfall is less than 1″ / week.
-Two year old nursery plants are the preferred planting stock.
-Pruning is required to maintain vigor and production of high quality fruit
-Young plants sensitive to fertilizers
-On young plants application of one TBSP of 10-10-10, or one handful of cottonseed meal spread thinly over the root zone several times during the first growing season will usually be beneficial.
-Double the amount the second growing season
-Pests – Japanese Beetles (treat with Sevin), climbing cutworms, fruit armyworms,
-Birds – Netting
-Deer – Wire cages
Now is not the recommended time to plant…. Make a note to plant in Feb./March.