Blueberries, Bees, and Blue Crab
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Delicious blueberries don't just happen...learn some of our trade secrets at our next Blueberry Keeping Workshop, and take home one of the rabbiteye varieties growing here.
Blueberry Keeping: Increase your harvest and strengthen your plants
Our blueberry bushes are still producing berries as the new growth begins for next year. This is the
perfect time to learn how to grow your own sweet blueberries and keep
Blue Pearl Farms is offering a workshop on Sunday, August 10, from 2-4.30 pm. We will start with the basics of blueberry
keeping, from planting and fertilizing new and mature plants to
increasing the number and size of berries on your own bushes. Each
participant will learn how to propagate new bushes, maintain their
health, shape and prune them for your needs and space, and choose the
right plants for your landscape.
The workshop includes
Blueberry basics: soil characteristics, light and space, varieties for
the Southeast, history and origin of the cultivated plant
• Management: planting, mulching, fertilizing, and pruning
• Propagating: how to propagate your own plants
• A year-old blueberry plant
• Information booklet for your reference
• Blueberry snack break and recipes
Blueberry Keeping Workshop Next class: Sunday, August 10, 2-4.30
is required; the workshop fee is $35 per person. Contact
email@example.com or 843-887-3554 for more information. Please
bring your own gloves and pruning shears. Class limited to 12
Lots of work this week setting up one of our beeyards to take full advantage of the sun's light and the wildflowers of summer. If you are interested in finding out more about the life of bees, what it takes to start keeping bees yourself, and to have a hands on experience visiting our farm hives, visit the link below.
Introductory Beekeeping Workshop Part 1 Next class: Sunday, August 3, 2-4:30
Visit us at the Pearl on Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm, or
Sundays from noon until 5 pm. We also are at farmers markets on Tuesdays
at Mt. Pleasant from
3:30 till 7 pm (up front and to the right when you come up from the
school parking lot), and on Saturdays at Charleston's Marion Square from
until 2 pm (in the middle of the King Street row). Sample some of our small batch, hand-crafted Blueberry Compote and Blueberry-Chipotle Savory Barbecue Sauce, Finger Buzz, and delicious local raw honey.
Blue Pearl Farms has a limited number of three-year-old heritage varieties of
organically tended rabbiteye blueberry plants for sale in 3-gallon pots. The
plants are field-dug and ready to be
planted this year. These varieties require cross-pollination, at least six hours
of sunlight, and some space between the plants (4-5 feet) so they don't
grow into each other. Interested in growing your own Lowcountry olives? Two-year-old Arbosana, Arbequina and
Koronecki olive plants adapted to the Southeast let you grow your own for table or oil. These plants are vigorous growers and reach about 12-17 feet. Plants are in 3-gallon pots now; plant
heights of 18-24" are $12; 24-40" are $23. Each
variety is self-fertile, but all will produce more and larger fruit with
a pollinator pal.
It's easy to schedule a farm tour or an event for your group or family or a special workshop for your group of five or more. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on the farm line at 843-887-3554.
Blue Pearl Farms is one of the state's most recent Certified
Roadside Markets, and we are proud to be part of the Certified
South Carolina farm products group. We are preparing for our
organic certification on the farm, and rely on mulch, compost and
natural products to support plant health. All our maintenance is done by
hand, and Blue Pearl Farms will always be GMO-free. If you ever have
questions about how plants grow here, please ask or come visit.
Hwy 17 to McClellanville, and turn beside The Palmetto Store onto Hwy. 45
at the flashing yellow light. Randall Road is the first left, about a block north of Hwy 17. You will
find the farm entrance gate on the right, before you pass the farm sign, after
about 1.2 miles.
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We follow organic practices to nourish
the soil and keep plants healthy and ensure our honey and foods are the best you can eat. Please remember,
no pets and no smoking at the farm.
Blue Pearl Farms hosts weddings and private events and can provide a full plug-and-play PA system and stage. For details, contact email@example.com or call us on the farm line at 843-887-3554.