Monthly Archives: January 2016

Back in November, we seeded the rows between the trees with a mix of oats, peas and beans. We are dry-farming them so, given the light rain we have had so

Looking West down a row of Arbequina

Cover crop in the orchard

far this year, it has taken a while for them to come up. But they are finally starting to fill in! Hopefully this will help to catch more water in the coming storms as well as provide the trees with good nutrients when we cut and mulch it in the spring. Oats sprout quickly to help prevent weeds and provide structure for the legumes. The peas and beans help break up compacted soil and gather nitrogen that will be released when it is cut and tilled into the soil this Spring. It should also look pretty once they bloom, maybe attracting some helpful insects.

Looking East up the row of Arbequina

You can see the oats doing well

Close-up of cover crops

These are the peas

 

The Olive Oil Mafia

60 Minutes did an excellent expose on the seedy underbelly of the counterfeit olive oil market. Take a look, it is very well done! And one way to make sure you are getting only the best extra virgin olive oil is to look for the California Olive Oil Council seal on the bottle. This year it shows a grey “2015” on a yellow background. They taste each submitted oil and only those that pass both sensory and chemistry testing are certified as “Extra Virgin”

Mafia Control of Olive Oil the Topic of ’60 Minutes’ Report