[nafex] blueberries/wool/mulch

del stubbs pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 16 08:45:03 EST 2001

Amy, I re-read your post about wool under blueberries.

My wife grew up picking wild blueberries, but we have very heavy soil and 
not a blueberry in sight.  So, for a present,  I dug out a side-hill pit 18" 
deep x 4' x 8' and added 1/3 proportions of peat moss, sand, and rich garden 
soil. Put in northern hardy blueberrries 3 years ago, keep 'em weeded, and 
to date we've gotten a whoppin 3 berries!

Is there something magic about wool that I have'nt heard of?

We can get plenty of free cleaned reject wool from the local wollen mill. Or 
is the lanolin, dirt, etc. of 'fresh ' wool important? I don't understand 
the principle of planting a blueberry on a pile of wool unless i'ts just 
keeping its dry feet or such, I would think the roots would be starved.

Secondly, wool was mentioned as a good mulch. My wife tried a bunch of this 
stuff over our asparagas first time this winter, so we'll see. But my 
concern is that the the voles will have R20 housing for the winter as well. 
any comment? Doesn't it matt down to nothing under snow? Thanks, Del

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