What We Did to Recover

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We did three important things – during 2015 and 2016:

  • Found – after lots of testing and talking (this is not well known science) - that the Manzanillo trees were running short of cobalt; gave each a tiny dose; now very healthy. [Trees, like people, need traces of cobalt to take in nutrients efficiently]
  • Sprayed beneficial microbes on the soil: Helps the soil microbes to change to fit with olive trees; lots of worms now! [Again, like humans; trees need good microbes to help them absorb nutrients]
  • Controlled the olive lace bug: Released lacewing insects to eat lace bug and sprayed the trees with food-grade oil to “gum up” their breathing. As the trees regain their vigour they can fight off the lace bugs on their own.

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So, now we have vigorous Manzanillo trees (and Frantoio and Picual!) with lots of beautiful fruit - which will ripen to look like little cherries.