As with other berry plants, blueberries require acidic soil and the most common way to ensure this is to obtain Ericaceous compost … but this is permaculture! We certainly do not need to go out and buy another product since we can create the same result (or even better) merely by recycling at home!

After following this method, my One plant increased yield incredibly and I am 100% certain that the bush had at least between 300 – 450 berries, No Jokes!

blueberry mulch

Mulching a blueberry bush to increase yield

Following the above image, you simply keep all of your used tea until you think you have enough to mulch the plant / pot to about 25mm (2,5cm / 1 inch) deep (if you use tea bags, keep them aside to dry, then split open and discard the bags), if you have a plant in the same pot as it came from the nursery, there is a good chance that they gave the plant some kind of wood chip, scrape this off and put aside, then spread your tea leaves out (keep it away from the plant base though), once spread nicely, you cover again with the nursery chip and leave to do it’s thing!

This should be done around now but even autumn is okay, latest should be done in spring. Other methods to increase yield is to stuff Oak leaves with a small amount of other compost-able material such as grass clippings, couple hand fulls of soil, vegetable scraps etc. into a black bin bag, place this in the sun with some small air holes and after a few months this will be well composted and will be an acidic compost due to the oak leaves, place your plant into a newer bigger pot and use  a combination of this oak leaf compost as the pot soil and the tea leaves as a mulch … you will never regret doing this, the results are spectacular! Ensure you have lot’s of space in your freezer for the excess berries.

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  1. For the coffee drinkers, used coffee grounds work really well as mulch too. Our blueberries have taken off since we started tipping our used coffee grounds around the plants.

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