This means to us a neglected abandoned terrain needs a lot of massive physical cleaning and tender care. On the other hand, we discovered various floras that grow in the area, for instance, finest wild rosemary, oregano, wild mint, lavender as well as overgrown old trees that grew side by side which are high-quality woods to be used for cooking and heating.
In clearing up plan, I divided my work into day-to-day basis and investing tasks.
In a day-to-day business, yearly tree control such as cutting of huge wild sprouting branches, removing brittle branches as well as trimming and giving sun light to the new small branches in the middle of the tree. In addition to that, once a year the soil needs to be ploughed. A yearly soil analysis is a must in order to know what the soil needs for specific nutrients and natural plant based fertilisation. These are like our yearly “homework”.
I also consider in work investments to clear off stones, creating natural tree islands and shades for our wild and domestic animals as well as removing and planting new olive trees.
For the harvest, the terrain doesn’t need any overgrown wild weed bushes around the trees. Every year around ¾ of the trees will be harvested and will be ready for the day to day business activities.
The harvest months are in October and November, during the summer from June until September and December there will be no cutting trees.
We hope that we could give you an impression of what work an olive grove could bring. In the area of milestones, you will find our partially achieved targets on the way to the big whole adventure.
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