Month: March 2016

A Cold Snap and Berry Covers

As of March 14th, the berries look great but with the promise of 28 degrees or lower in a few days, we were preparing for the north wind to blow, blow, blow. God bless the young men who helped pack 700 sand bags.

The sandbags were delivered to Longfield and rolls of covering were set in place. Many rolls were unrolled and the plants tucked in.

It may have seemed odd to be covering plants in such beautiful weather but the next morning was quite blustery and it was clear that it needed to be done. The remaining berry plants at the farm bramble were covered and then it was time to wait.

After two nights in the 20s, the temperatures rose enough to uncover the berries, but with more cold weather a possibility the covers and sandbags have been left in place in case they are needed again. The preference is to keep the berries uncovered when at all possible since the extending shoots can suffer some “discomfort” when the covers are on.

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Temperatures are up so berries are uncovered but covers are in place just in case…

Berry Report: March 9, 2016

Emerging leaflets are unfurling as they set sail into the 2016 season. We have a very early start; it could be triumph or disaster. For now the sea is fair and the winds will carry us along.


After many days and enough little staple ties to tie down Guliver, the Longfield berries are in their places and ready for the year’s great drama.