Last Pick of the Season(albeit, 6 months late)

Before I jump into farm happenings, I suppose I should make the grand announcement of our most perfect berry and future master berry picker, Benjamin Francis Wills. Ben was born Saturday, July 30th at 9:05am. He was born at home, without a worry, with midwife and good friend in attendance. We are so happy to have him in our lives. You will see many pictures of him as he is just as prized as the blueberry plants - to us at least!

Now, to the farm. The week after Ben was born, we were in plant panic mode. Many of the Patriots, a variety we planted over 600 of, were not looking good. The leaves changed from a deeper green to bright red or lighter green with red spots. Aaron researched the problem online, in blueberry growing documents, and in books. There were no answers so we looked to the growers we know.  We were really nervous - would we lose a third of our plants? All that money, all that time, all that hard work - gone? After entertaining the idea of herbicide damage and a fungus in the root system, we settled on the issue of over-watering. The nursery we bought the plants from said it is common for plants to develop the red spots when the roots sit in too much water. A mixture of a wet, humid summer, lack of knowing our soil well, and potential over-watering were all possible causes.

We changed our watering schedule and hoped for dry days and things got better. Now our plants are looking good. We don’t know what the future holds for these plants. Will they completely recover? Will their growth be stunted? Will they flower and fruit next year? We are hoping for a full recovery.