I'm new to much of this, but we planted blueberry bushes about a month ago and now they aren't looking too healthy. The edges of the leaves are turning brown and shriveling. We live in West TN and I planted them in a large hole with a mix of compost (containing a great deal of chicken manure, oak leaves, hay/straw from inside the goat barn), dirt, and peat moss. They are in full sun. What am I doing wrong and is there anything I can do to fix it?
Dig them up, dig the fertile soil out of the hole, replant in a mix of peat, compost and sand.
Yep, too much good stuff. Never amend blueberry soil with fertilizer or manure. it's ok as a very thin layer of top dressing but only after the bushes are established (usually 2 years from what I've read, and applied only in the spring).
Azalea / Rhode food soil conditioner will acidify, sulfates, or peat moss will acidify. You should make sure the ph is within range prior to putting them back in the hole. In hindsight you shoulda prepped the holes and left them sit for a few months while monitoring the ph. Blueberries are finicky.
When I planted my blueberry bushes last spring I treated the soil with sulpher to lower the ph. Soon after the leaves started turning brown. I guess I overdid it. After a few weeks I cut back the dead leaves and they recovered nicely. Another case of too much of a good thing,