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Acidic Guild- this is what I'm thinking. Feedback?  RSS feed

 
T Holden
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I'm trying to plan a guild for 3 blueberry bushes.

Blueberries
False indigo
Yarrow
Arugula
Ostrich Fern (to the back where it will be more shaded)
Ascelpias Tuberosa
lavender

An issue: there is a VERY large silver maple as canopy, but the area would get sun most of the day- would the acidic topsoil interfere with the maple?

I'm in zone 5a. Can you provide feedback or make suggestions?

Thanks so much.
 
Landon Sunrich
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In my climate nettles and strawberries both seem to do quite well in acidic soil. Otherwise looks good from the little I know.
 
Meryt Helmer
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Location: west marin, bay area california. sandy loam, well drained, acidic soil and lots of shade
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miners lettuce seems to like acidic soil where I live. also huckleberries, thimbleberries (my favorite berry), raspberries and black berries and probably all the other cane berries. I live in a pine forest and so far all the plants I have grown have been happy with the acidic soil but it seems like it naturally wants to be a berry and pine tree forest.
 
Meghan Orbek
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Location: Yonkers, NY/ Berkshires, MA USA
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I'm also looking for things to go in the blueberry clumps on the south side of my old field mosaic. I'm hoping they'll play well with haskaps, lignon berry, high bush cranberry, ground cover roses... Or is it ill advised to mix bloobs with so many other shrubs?
 
Samantha Langlois
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Location: Whitefish, MT
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Northern New England forests are notorious for acidic soil and blueberries. You might find some benefit from looking at a species lists from plant communities in that area. Natural Communities of New Hampshire might be a good place to start.

FYI, Silver Maple tends to be a flood plain species.

Good luck!
 
Meghan Orbek
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Wow that is a great link! Thanks.
 
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