It's blueberry planting time
Atwoods has some great looking rabbiteye varieties at fair prices, and Lowes has some good northern highbush varieties out now. This is a great time to plant them.
I have never seen blueberry plants as nice looking as the ones my local Atwoods has. I wish I could remember the varieties, but they don't stick in my mind since I have not tried them. They are a couple dollars cheaper than similar sized ones at Lowes.
Lowes has blueberries from two sources. One is in Oregon and the other is the place over near Tahlequah. The local ones are a dollar higher than the last few years, and the plants are fair looking. I have planted a lot from this place in the past and they have done very well. The Oregon plants are Duke and Draper. I don't like the Duke taste very much, but I have read great things about the new variety Draper, so I bought 6 of them to extend one of my rows a bit.
I noticed yesterday that the deer have eaten every leaf off of my 4 thornless blackberry plants, but haven't damaged any of my blueberries (yet) nor any of the thorned berries that are right next to them. That is a good sign. I have 3 does and their 4 fawns that spend the night in various places around my house. They seem to browse until about 10:00 and then lie down out in the open until just before daybreak. They get along fine with my border collie as long as I don't step outside. If I do the dog runs them off. They seem to be getting much more brave about staying near the garden and berries even though there is plenty of food all around. It must be the clover that has really come on all around the house lately.