The Piedmont Patch’s garden talk series continues Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10 a.m.with a presentation by Kim Faurot and Tom Keeler about growing blueberries.
Why June is the Berry Best Month – Don’t Be High Brow, Just High Bush
Sure, you’re in North Carolina, so you can depend on your sweet potatoes and okra year in and year out, but do your neighbors’ eyes light up when you bring them your surplus sweet potatoes or voices sound with joy when you bring some okra you’ve saved from woodiness? Of course not! But, with a little bit of extra effort, you can be the gardener that everyone wants to come visit in June, as you bring the bounty of your highbush / rabbiteye blueberries. (Yes, they are native plants!)Kim will show you where to order your blueberry bushes, how to prepare the soil, how to plant your bushes, and, most importantly, how to protect your precious bushes from those late spring frosts that come just at the wrong time and can destroy the promise of those blossoms.For 10 years, Kim directed the two-acre community garden at Solterra Co-housing and for the past 20 years, she’s been offering a June blueberry bounty to her neighbors. She’ll also pass along some tips from the master of the U-Pick-Em blueberries, Larry and Libby from Frog Pond Farm.
The talk takes place at Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin Road in Chapel Hill (at intersection of Homestead and Merin Roads). This is also the site of our demonstration Piedmont Patch. Stroll the site after the talk or return another day. Visitors to the site are always welcome.
The mission of Piedmont Patch is to show how to restore native landscapes, one patch of Piedmont at a time. The talk is free and open to the public. On site donations are welcome but not required. We hope you can attend the talk on February 8!
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