Pick Your Own Blueberries in Strafford, NH

A Beautiful Fall

Our season may be over but it seems like the work never stops at Berrybogg Farm.  My husband decided to get ambitious this fall and clear a wide swath of trees in the second field.  Of course he had a lot of help from our friend Wolfgang (who took down about 40 trees in 2 hours) and George.  The first 5 rows of the second field have grown wild over the past few years because of their proximity to the approaching forest and lack of sunlight.  Hopefully, after some severe pruning they will stand straight and tall again. 

The above picture shows just how much has been cleared and how much needs to be cleaned up.  You can see from the picture that most of the leaves have fallen from the blueberry plants which means that the pruning season in not far behind.  We typically begin pruning in the beginning of November and stop at the end of December as the temperatures become too cold for the plants and us to endure pruning.   If we have a stretch of warmer weather in January or February, we will continue to prune but otherwise it will be the middle of March when we resume pruning until bud break.

In honor of Halloween, I snapped this picture of my mom pretending to try her hand (or cut off her hand) with the chainsaw!  Of course the chainsaw is not running but it’s a great picture of how not to cut wood!

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One response

  1. Susan Heald

    Oh Julie! What a fantastic job! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to see how those plants use their new-found freedom to GROW — since they’ve never exactly been non-producers. I’ll be listening for your call . . . God bless you all, susan

    October 21, 2008 at 11:44 pm

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