Watering new trees May 2017
Oil taste and quality: 50 percent comes from field management
Within the framework of agro-ecology, the olive trees are considered as living creatures that deserve all our attention and also our gratitude. The pruning and fertilization are done only to help the trees withstand extreme conditions and to produce in a carefully considered way. Ninety percent of the trees planted are of the Chemlal variety, cousin to the Tunisian olive tree, which is perfectly adapted to the region.
Variety: Achemlal or Chemlal de Kabylie (not the same as the Tunisian Chemlali)
Production: Nov-Jan with Yield: ~18-22%
Strength - vigor: High
Disease Resistance: High
Drought Resistance: High
Pollinator: Sigoise, or Frantoio (Italie)
Every year, new trees are planted in the olive grove in the empty space. As part of the year on year management, holes are being dug aligned in a classical 6x7m or 7x7m. Baby trees are planted when they are between 1-2 years old in order to ensure a good and fast acclimation.
Like any creature, water is essential, every year new trees are watered in an old fashion way, individually (50-100L) per month from April to September. See on the right some pictures from 2017 taken for the occasion.
Managing the Olive Grove
Watering new trees
Aux pieds des Bibans
Digging ponds Sept 2012
The olive grove benefits from an ancient culture where there is a non-symmetrical arrangement of trees. Most of the plants have been grafted throughout time in a predominantly clay soil. Each wild tree that grew near the mother tree, if it was healthy, was grafted in its third year. This explains why many of the trees are close to each other.
To optimize water management, a pond has been dug at the base of each olive tree in order to receive the precious liquid during the dry season.
Satellite view Jan 2016 Googler Earth