On the Orchard

Month by Month on the Orchard

February - The orchard is operating at full swing. The bulk of our fresh organic blueberry production is harvested at this time.  We attend the Waikato Farmers Markets weekly.

March - We are still very busy with our fresh blueberry production.  Our rabbiteye varieties start to slow down towards the end of the month.  We attend the Waikato Farmers Markets weekly.

April - Our fresh blueberry production finishes.  We start the huge task of orchard maintenance.  We start mowing, weeding and pruning.  We collate orchard data and information from the season.

May - We are busy pruning and completing general orchard maintenance including mowing, scrubcutting and weeding.

June - We are busy pruning and general orchard maintenance including mowing, scrubcutting and weeding.

July - We are still busy pruning! We put the plastic on our tunnel houses.

August - We complete more orchard maintenance, including hand weeding, and scrubcutting around every single bush on the orchard.  We also apply organic fertilisers.

September - The blueberry bushes start to flower.  We are in full frost protection mode.  We are busy preparing for the up and coming season ahead, including arranging staff and ordering materials. 

October - The first of our fresh blueberries start to ripen from our tunnel houses. We are still on high alert frost protection mode. We start attending the Waikato Farmers Markets weekly.

November - We are still picking from our tunnel houses. Towards the end of the month our fresh outdoor crop starts to ripen. We attend the Waikato Farmers Markets weekly.

December - We are busy with picking and processing our fresh outdoor highbush varieties. We attend the Waikato Farmers Markets weekly.

January - Our highbush varieties slow down and our rabbiteye varieties start to ripen. We attend the Waikato Farmers Markets weekly.