Posted: 05/02/2016 at 15:40
Andy,,is your soil acidic? I would guess not so blueberries would perish v quickly in it. Hence ericaceous compost in pots......as I grow them but I plunge the pots in the ground to help conserve moisture. It is almost impossible to acidify an alkaline soil I think.....the lime in fhe soil and from surrounding soil would permeate through.
Alternatives Andy.....a fig, again in a large pot? redcurrants? A fruit tree? I would not grow apples or pears in there as I don't think they need a cage. Plums and cherries would be too vigorous. A fan trained peach or nectarine or apricot again, grown in pots.
topbird, I have never had that problem with straw....hopefully someone else can comment. It suggests the straw hadn't been thoroughly dried....?