olives

pruning

pruning 150 150 vidacycle

The olive trees are getting bigger and stronger, so this year for the first time we will prune them to encourage a bushier top heavy shape.  This should make harvesting the olives easier and ensure the development of sturdy trunks.

a hard days work

a hard days work 150 150 vidacycle

Heading out into the fields with a long day ahead, 1400 trees to plant. We start about 7am, then take a break from the midday heat before returning to plant again about 4pm. Each tree requires a lot of time first the soil in the hole that was drilled last winter must be broken up and water added, then new compost mixed in – of course Claudio and Miguel do this in record time – the rest of us not even attempting to keep up with them!

Next, one of us comes along and mixes in a good dose of compost and water at the surface so the tree is happy in its new home. When the tree is comfortably situated we give it a stake to climb up and cover it with a protector so the rabbits dont gnaw away at the baby bark. Finally, just to make sure the tree has everything it needs, we give it a nice feeding of water deep under the roots.

The end of a long and rewarding days work we leave the trees to bathe in the cool evening air!

black olives

black olives 150 150 vidacycle

mini200

mini200 150 150 vidacycle

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