This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Several years ago I tried the experiment of transplanting some shrubs of the High Blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum, into a rich and not very damp garden soil. The two specimens that I planted did so well that I have often thought of trying it as a hedge-plant for moist soils, selecting plants which produce the largest and best berries in abundance, and so securing a hedge that will bear valuable fruit. It will undoubtedly make a good, thick hedge; but the slow growth, I thought, might be a great objection. I did not know that the experiment had ever been tried, till last week, I found in this town a row of the bushes, a hundred or more, that were taken up fifteen years ago and set out on the banks of the old canal. These bushes were very small When transplanted, but are now ten or twelve feet high, with trunks, some of them, I think, more than two inches in diameter. They stand in the track of the New Mystic Valley Railroad, and are all to be cut down immediately. I have spoken for some of the wood, and if you would like, will send you some of the largest samples, showing the rate of growth. They were set out by Mr. Josiah Curtis, of North Woburn, who still owns the land where they stand.
I should like to see the experiment tried of raising from the seeds of the largest and best berries, a lot of these shrubs, to be used for a hedge in cold, moist lands."Why may not a larger and better berry than any of the wild varieties now produced be obtained in this way?