Thoughts on Blueberries (Part 1)
Do you know that blueberry bushes need *acidic soil*? Something like pH of 4~5.
And that is very low. So low that, if you plan on planting blueberries in a patch of land meant to grow vegetables on, you have to contain the blueberry’s soil in order to not let the acidity leech away.
Yeah, nearly all vegetables need soil pH >= 5. Higher than 5.5, even.
In other words: a blueberry plantation is NOT compatible with a vegetable farm, unless special steps and care are taken.
And lowering the soil pH is VERY hard. And takes quite a bit of time.
Which means, when Stu Hopps began growing blueberries… others might have questioned his sanity.
Bonnie: “WHAT?! You want to plant what? Blueberries?!?! What has gotten into your mind, Stu?”
Stu: “Well… I don’t know! But it felt like such a good idea I have ordered 500 seedlings.”
Bonnie: (Counting off on her digits) “You also need acidic soil, underground tubs, pH monitor, sulfur flowers probably…”
Stu: “Uh… I may or may not have ordered all those, too…”
Bonnie: “STU HOPPS HOW DARE YOU HIDE ALL THOSE PURCHASES FROM ME”
Stu: “Look, honey, I’m sorry. But I really have a hunch this is the right thing to do…”
Bonnie: “Hmpf. Like what? Blueberries going to save the world? Yeah, right…” sighs “A good thing we have more than two hundred kits. This is going to take some effort to work…”
Six years later, a fox loved The Hopps’ blueberries so much he grabbed a handful. And by doing that, he managed to save their daughter.