F.A.Q.

 

HOW IS THE OLIVE FLY CONTROLLED?

 

By using a microscopic living organism, a bacterium similar to those that transform milk into yoghurt: Bacillus thuringiensis. When diluted in water and sprayed on the leaves the olive fly feeds on, but drastically reduces the infestation. The bacterium becomes inactive after a few hours and does not persist in the environment.

 

WHAT KIND OF FERTILISER DO YOU USE?

 

According to an old farmer’s saying, if you don’t feed your plants, they won’t feed you. Very true! All it takes is a 25-kg sack of chemical-based complete fertiliser for every 2.5 acres. But that’s certainly not our way of doing things.

Our trees prefer manure, poultry droppings, nitrogenous compounds of animal origin, minerals, hoof-and-horn meal and other natural products including even sheep-shearing waste.

 

HOW CAN YOU STOP THE INSECTS THAT CLIMB UP TREE TRUNKS TO EAT THE LEAVES?

 

Years ago, Italian housewives used to cover radiators with a kind of white fibre to prevent unsightly black dust stains on the wall.  We wrap a strip of that fibre around each tree trunk because insects can’t crawl over it.

 

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH WEEDS?

 

We use Nature’s four-legged mowers - sheep! While “trimming” the grass and weeds, they fertilise the soil. Or we apply a mulch.