Summer round up

Some would say it hasn't been much of a summer... and we'd probably agree.  Low temperatures, very few north winds and overcast.  Yet strangely humid and so fungal issues have had to be carefully controlled.  And now in February, which in past years has been mild, summer seems to have arrived, albeit with ongoing easterlies and humidity.

Climate change?  Who knows

But the olives are looking great!  This season looks like our best year yet including a good crop of Kalamata.  Up until now we've been worried as to whether these premium table olives will grow up at Main Ridge (or as some call it Main Fridge!).  Looking forward to harvest and pickling our crop as well as the usual supply from our trusty Peninsula growers.

 The dreaded peacock spot that flourishes in humid conditions.  We manage with copper approved for organic agriculture

The dreaded peacock spot that flourishes in humid conditions.  We manage with copper approved for organic agriculture

Winter wonderland

weather

The climate variation from season to season never ceases to amaze us.  May is when we usually pick and you can almost by the hour know when Autumn's balmy days break into hail and 30 knot south-westerlies (about 0800 when we've got 10 pickers ready to go...!).

But May 2014 has been warm and with plenty of northerlies.  Great for the surf but we're not sure about the olives.  The past few winters have been wet and harvests low yield despite the trees looking fantastic with no fungal issues.  It looks like this winter will be dry and warmer.  Will be interesting to see.

Of course all of this is completely contrary to the last few weeks where its been freezing with 100mm of rain bucketing down.  Great for the snow!

Time will tell...