PRUNING DAY — SUNDAY 1ST JULY [time?]
Our next branch field day is a pruning day on Sunday 1st July at Brent and Joan’s property, Waikanae. They purchased the property in 1995 – back then it was 3.2ha of bare land. After three years of renovations they moved in. For the next few years they grew flowers for sale at the markets, planted all the trees and completed the fencing.
Brent and Joan run a homestay/farmstay called Awatea Lodge – www.awatealodge.co.nz
They have “milking” sheep, cattle, llamas, alpacas and chickens. They also have their own firewood block with a wide range of gums. Other trees and shrubs include proteas, leucodendrums, leucospernums and salix. Plus they have a wide variety of fruit crops – these include blue berries (10 different types) pears, plums (4 types), apples (heritage and grafted), figs, peaches (2 types), nectarine, and the usual citrus (lime, lemonade, lemon, grapefruit and mandarin), black and red currants, olives, feijoa, avocado, loquats and gooseberries…