Our ongoing saga to grow blueberries has taken me in many different directions over the years and in many locations. I love blueberries and we buy and freeze about 50 pounds of them every year. I grew blueberries back in San Diego and endeavored to grow them again when we moved to North Dakota. The problem is the soil here is very alkaline and blueberries need and love acidic soil. 20 to 30 miles or so to the East, the soil is acidic and blueberries grow easily and plentifully, but here in Grand Forks, in the heart of the Red River Valley? Gardeners consider any attempt to grow blueberries as pure folly.
I had helpers the whole time. Actually they didn't help, they were the opposite of help and usually only wanted to sniff right where I wanted to put the shovel in, it's quite disruptive.