During 2012 and early 2013, we decided to remove all the Berkeley plants. We now have approximately 9 acres of blueberries under cultivation with about 3 acres of Earliblue and 6 acres of Bluecrop. The berries are mouth-watering, owing in part to our avoidance of chemical pesticides and fertilizers since early 2011. We have been working hard to restore the health of the plants and the soil by adding Biodynamic preparations and mulching. Hand-removal of blackberries takes a huge amount of time and effort but we are hoping that over a two to three year period, we will be able to get things under control. In addition, we continue to perform pretty drastic restoration pruning on a multi-year cycle.
We choose not to over-water the bushes in the summer because we favor flavor over weight. The berries are delectable -- we invite you to come and try them yourself!