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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
  • Workshops focus on preserving produce
    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
  • Master Gardener helpline available
    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
The blueberry plants arrived in the mail and look healthy.

Where's the dirt?

Drainage tile has been buried, stones put back in to place, grass seeded, but where has all the dirt gone?

Blueberries arrived in the mail, but the area I am planting them is missing dirt. The foundation has been repaired, the drainage tile has been buried, stones have been put back into place, grass seeded, but where has all the dirt gone? The dirt was there before the repair work started.

For now I am potting them into larger containers which wasn't so easy when I realized that blueberry plants need soil that is a PH of 4.5-5.5. I thought maybe I could buy special dirt that would have the perfect PH. You can buy special dirt for cactus. Special soil for azaleas and rhododendrons would work well, but I haven't found it yet.

I could put an additive in the soil to make it more acidic, but with an additive you have to know how much and how often the soil has to be treated. Co-worker Anne Gregory says that would be like putting the blueberries on life support. She suggested I add oak leaves, pine bark, pine needles and coffee grounds to soil from my compost pile.

I broke down and bought a soil tester so that I can see how I am doing.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)