"Do you want to help me plant some flowers tonight?" I asked the Kid as we snuggled for a minute this morning. I had been offered the chance to try out some plants from Monrovia, and, of course, I've never met a green, growing thing that I don't like. I thought I'd pick up some pollinator-friendly, blooming-type pretties on my lunch break.
The Kid pulled his head off my shoulder to look me in the eye, "Could we plant a blueberry bush, instead? Because I really want some blueberries."
"Well...maybe," I answered. "But you can certainly go ask your Dad for some frozen blueberries for breakfast if you want."
Thus distracted, he happily clomped downstairs, and I popped online.
It ended up being so easy to meet the Kid's request that I almost feel like I shouldn't get credit for it.
I searched for blueberries on the Monrovia site, put in my zip code--bada-bing, bada-boom--I had the name of a local nursery that carried a blueberry plant suitable for container planting in our zone--a self-fertilizing one, at that! I gave them a quick call, just to be sure, and dashed out on my lunch break to bring our new blueberry bush home.
This evening, we planted it.
I've tried to grow blueberries in the ground, but our soil just isn't acidic enough, so this time I decided to try this huge pot we have on our front porch. On recommendation from the nursery, we dug out our regular potting soil and planted our new friend in almost pure peat moss. Hopefully, that will be acidic enough to please her.
Of course, anytime you mix dirt and water and a four-year-old, things get messy, but it was the kind of good-old, family style mess I can get behind. Everyone took a turn with the shovel, and we did our best to keep the Kid away from the hose. (That was not very successful.) Little Miss supervised. What could be more fun on a spring evening, yes?
I know we won't get too many blueberries this first year, but I'm really hopeful we'll get enough to fulfill another request the Kid made as we were cleaning up.
"Mama, can we make blueberry ice cream?"
Oh please, lordy, yes!