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The olive groves are loosing fertile soil rapidly!

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Offline Petrea

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« on: August 27, 2012, 12:14 PM »
The mountain olive groves have lost more fertile soil since 1980 than during two centuries:

http://ccaa.elpais.com/ccaa/2012/08/26/andalucia/1346001464_213167.html

due to the use of machinery and herbicides!   :'(

So, now they have to use more fertilizer -  and water!     >:(

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2014, 23:39 PM »
Just recently (June this year) I spent some time camping in an olive grove among olive groves. I was very forcibly struck by the paucity of wildlife; I enjoyed watching and hearing the flora and fauna, but there was so very little of it.
Also, they're gradually replacing the great, old trees with little many-stemmed trees that provide no shelter or food for wildlife, but can be harvested using onbe of those whirring machines like a non-cutting strimmer.

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 20:40 PM »
Our olives (not irrigated, non-chemicalled, much donkey manured) are looking better this year than last (no harvest) or the year before (small harvest). Key: we've had summer rain this year for the first time since 2011.
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