The first two years were spent clearing all the debris, removing old fencing and fallen trees, and putting in a new deer-proof fence. We then set about building a packing shed, digging out a dam, installing irrigation pumps, water mains, electrical mains, and building the driveway. The solar panels we put on the shed roof provide us with all the electricity we need during the summer.
Then, we mapped out the landscaping, deciding where the gardens and blueberry bushes were going to go, and began the long job of preparing the land for planting. It wasn’t until August 2015 that we planted our first blueberry bushes, and we continued planting for the next five years and now have 10 varieties of blueberries and over 5,000 bushes.
We harvested our first blueberries in the summer of 2018, with a very small yield, which increased over the years as more bushes matured and came into production. Last season we produced 14,000kg of blueberries and it’s increasing year on year.