Blueberries need regular watering throughout the growing season because they’ll stop producing flowers and fruit if they get too dry. When they are growing and fruiting, we start to apply fertiliser through drip irrigation called fertigation, as required (once or twice a week depending on our programme). We irrigate each block for 1 hour with 2 drippers on each plant, each one drips 4 litres in that hour, so the bush never becomes too dry or too wet.
In September, we give the bushes a folio spray of 100% seaweed extract. Towards the end of spring, the first berries start to ripen, and we’re preparing for harvest – getting the shed ready, all the picking trolleys & buckets need cleaning down, and we’re receiving boxes and punnets.