We did not have room on the trailer since I had loaded up all the bags of moss, shovels, water, and all of the other items we would need to plant. Thanks to my wife for pushing me to buy a Ford Expedition we had plenty of room to load all of the plants inside the SUV and even had room left over for the kids. You can't do that in a compact car!
The first step was laying out the placement of the plants. There are many different opinions on proper spacing but I elected to plant four feet apart from center to center of the plants.
Don't fool yourself. Those bags of moss are no lightweight! I wore myself out unloading them and carrying them over to the rows.
We ended up deciding to use 2/3 peat with 1/3 soil. I am hopeful the naturally acidic peat will maintain the proper low PH we need for the berries to flourish.
Look at those beautiful plants. Notice the large tank sitting on the trailer. That is our water tank we got a good deal on. Most community radio stations have some type of Trading Post where people call in with items they have for sale. I picked up the large water tank for $50. Not a bad deal.
I am building a platform to hold a water storage tank at the top of this hill and will be able to fabricate a drip irrigation system with moisture meters that will automate the watering. This is why we have yet to finish the mulching.
Dad what am I supposed to be doing?
The work of planting is done and the kids are ready to hit the road! I am not sure where he thought he was going but he was ready to go!
I hope deer do not like to eat blue berries. I may have just started the first course on the deer smorgasbord!