Our second orchard has literally been carved out of the wilderness. We have roughly 180 acres of land, but the majority of it is cut over forest land. So in order to create more orchards we have to clear it first.
This orchard was the first one to be created from cleared forest land. This one became an experiment as well, and we learned a lot during the process.
The area is around 2 acres in size. An excavator was used to clear the bushes, rocks and stumps. We then used a Kubota L5740 with various attachments to clean it up and groom it. The plant spacing was changed to 5 ft on center, and the row width is 12 ft on center.
The Haskap plants were grown in our nursery for 1-2 years prior to planting. The varieties are Polish and Berries Unlimited.
This orchard has been relatively challenging, but we have figured out the solutions for improving this orchard. In 2020 we will be implementing solutions to improve this orchard.
The below slideshow provides a timeline: