We are ready to start spraying the trees to attack the Peacock Spot. We have a new 100-gallon sprayer that attaches to the back of the tractor and are using a
Just like in ‘Breaking Bad’!
copper sulfate solution that needs to be sprayed on all of the trees. It should take care of the problem and won’t have any effect on the fruit later this season.
It takes two of us to perform the spraying, one to drive the tractor and one to hold the spray gun. We have to wear protective gear because the spray can be harmful if inhaled. Even though it is organic, it still needs to be handled carefully.
Filling up the tank
One down, 1999 to go…
The oil from this year’s harvest is safely in the barrels and is a crystal clear green color. We have been re-designing our label this year and have our new bottles. All look good and are ready to go! Starting to bottle now and have oil available to start selling. Give it a try! Coming soon to a store near you (hopefully!)
Our new bottle and labels
Finally got the test results back for the yellowing trees in the orchard. Good thing too, as many of the trees are starting to show signs of yellowing as well. It turns out that the trees have a good case of Peacock Spot, a fungus that attacks olive
Arbequina tree with Peacock Spot
trees. The soil, water, and leaf samples were all relatively normal, though some nutrient deficiencies need to be addressed. But pretty much all the samples had the fungus and need to be treated.
The best treatment for this fungus is copper sulfate, which gets sprayed onto the leaves and trunk. Fortunately, it is an organic treatment, so we will be able to use it. On the other hand, we need to buy a big sprayer so we can apply it easily throughout the orchard. We need to get a jump on this because the rains will only make it worse this winter. It is a good excuse to go the tractor store to see what attachments I might “need”.