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Looking for herbs to fill out a blueberry bed. The soil is somewhat sandy and acidic, lots of coffee grounds mixed in, and its topped with white pine chips and needles. What herbs would be happy here?

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According to Richters, a Canadian herb specialty catalog, the following should do well in acid soils:

Aconite, alfalfa, alkanet, annatto, angelica, avens, lemon balm, basils, bay laurel, sugar beet, belladonna, bilberry, bloodroot, boldo, borage, broom, burdock, butterfly bee, calendula, castor bean, celery, chicory, garlic chives, sweet cicely, citronella grass, clivers, red clover, codonopsis, black cohosh, coltsfoot, cumin, dandelion, elecampagne, purple foxglove, garlic, ginseng, guava, henbane, henna, hops, horehound, indigo, lambs quarters, lemon grass, luffa,common marjoram, apple mint, English mint, menthol mint, pineapple mint, spearmint,(most of the rest of the mints prefer it a bit less acid), white mustard, stinging nettle, Welsh onion, compact oregano, gold crisp and golden oregano, showy oregano, papaya, paprika, passion fruit, patchouli, Chili peppers(of the genus Capsicum annuum), pokeroot, Queen Annes lace, rauwolfia, rosemary, Chinese senna, sesame, shallots, stevia, strawberries, sunflower, tamarind, tea, all varieties of English and French thyme(Thymus vulgaris),wild thyme, toothache plant, tormentil, Bearberry(Uva ursi), vetiver, wintergreen, sweet woodruff.

That should be enough to get you started ;-)

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Awesome! That's a start, but do you know which of those do well with pine. Pine does more than just make the soil acidic ;). Whatever it does, the blueberries seem to love it, but I know a lot of things hate it. –  Daniel Bingham Jun 3 '12 at 19:14
I'm not sure what you're referring to. I can't find any reports of allelopathy from white pine. The only thing I can think of is the reduction in nitrogen due to uptake from decomposition. This happens with most mulches - not just pine. I wouldn't expect it to be a problem for most herbs, which are often very happy with relatively infertile conditions. Sorry I don't have hands-on experience to help with. FWIW, we've mulched our herb garden on occasion with pine bark mulch, with no ill effect. –  Ed Staub Jun 4 '12 at 21:20

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