Blueberries will be discussed at this month’s Advice to Grow By workshop.
Put on by the University of California Master Gardeners, the workshop will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the garden at 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. The workshop will be packed with information, so bring your questions, a pen and a notepad.
Who knew there were so many varieties of blueberry plants? Fall through spring is the best planting time, so come and learn about the many types that grow here on the Central Coast.
Whether you are currently growing blueberries or remain on the fence about planting them, there is much information to be gleaned from this talk.
Information included at the workshop:
Choose the variety that will grow best in your area. Included is information about the growth habits of the plant. Does it spread or tend to grow upright? You’ll find out. Also important when it comes to selection is the number of chilling hours required for fruit production. Flavor, size and color of blueberry fruit, plus how productive each cultivar is, will be on the list of topics.
Once you’ve determined the types of blueberry plants best suited to your garden, you’ll need to plant it correctly. Learn tips and methods that will ensure healthy growth.
Before you can get the benefit of a fresh blueberry, your plant will need to be cared for. Learn how to maximize production, minimize disease and pests and keep the plant at its best. Proper pH, type of soil, mulching, pruning and irrigation methods will be discussed.
Get the most out of the workshop. Wear comfortable clothing and sunscreen. Park in the lot adjacent to the demonstration garden, bring a chair if you have one and enjoy!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 9, when keynote speaker Brad Lancaster, author of “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond,” will present a symposium on capturing and retaining our most valuable asset — rain water — and new and innovative ways to reduce water use. For more information, visit http://ucanr.org/symposium.