Can I use the pine shavings/chicken manure on my blueberry bushes?

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  1. Pinkybaby1

    Pinkybaby1 New Egg

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    . I'm not sure if the shavings/manure would be harmful or not for my blueberries or not. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    PS this is my first time posting (at this area) I hope I am now at the right place for doing this.
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's aged it should be ok. You'll want the manure to be rooted/composted before adding it. The shavings will take longer to compost but you could use it as a mulch for your plants. I wouldn't till or bury the shavings into the earth - they'll rob it of nitrogen; add it as a top covering.
     
  3. rbruno

    rbruno Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just reading a little on line about this same idea. I have had blueberry bushes in the past and not had much luck. I have one that is barely hanging on, so I might just go buy new ones and start over. Blueberries are very finicky, in my opinion, when it comes to soil. They like soil with high amount of acidity. I think pH is supposed to be higher then 6.5. Mine wasn't. The thing is, I believe the things you can put in your soil to raise the pH also lowers the nitrogen. So, I think shavings with chicken manure mixed in would be good for blueberries. At least I am going to try that when I buy my new plants and see how it goes.
    Rob
     
  4. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley of the Sun :)
    don't put the fresh manure directly to the plants.. put them in your compost bin and be sure to turn your compost bin every now and then

    some plants prefer a more alkaline soil while others more acidic.. some like neutral

    there's a soil tester that you can get and bags of lime or sulfur in the garden center

    i think lime will make it more alkaline and sulfur will make it more acidic

    this place has a good video about planting blueberries

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  5. rbruno

    rbruno Out Of The Brooder

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    Sulfur does make the soil more acidic. That was what I needed. I think I am going to mix my shavings and peat into the ground and let it sit before I replant. That video was very good. Thanks for posting.
    Rob
     
  6. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Valley of the Sun :)
    Wal-mart will have everything you need (the price is also cheaper than home depot)

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