Thursday, April 24, 2008

apricots, ginestro, artichokes, and the bane of bio

24 aprile
Here are the latest photos from Nascondiglio di Bacco.
The cement pond is coming along and should be on schedule for completion in 3 weeks.
I have a picture for Lorie who will try to tell me the USA name for ginestro, the green twiggy plant with yellow blooms. Aloe verde comes to my mind, but I am sure that is not right.
With our biological certification comes some maladies which can only be cured by pesticides and since those are verboten, we just live with our parasites. You can see our plum tree is suffering. However, our apricot tree is readying for a good harvest and we continue to bring in artichokes every day.
The olive trees are just chock full of blooms and according to my sage neighbor, we should have a wonderful olive year in 2008 after the dry, barren 2007.
I continue to hoe every day although today I am taking a break since it is raining and will accompany my KC guests to a couple of wineries. It is a chance to inspect every grapevine and see the sloppiness of the planters as they have forgotten to put in about 25 plants in various spots, have broken 2 without replacement and finally, we are having a bit of a problem with the Petit Verdot with about 4% or more not sprouting. All things to make right in the next month or so. We are also due to spray the young vines with sulfur, one of the 2 compounds allowed in a bio field. This, to prevent early infestations which can stunt this year's growth.
We have a 3 day weekend in Italy starting Friday and we will be completely full for the weekend at our special reduced "construction rate" of 60 euros. It will be strange having indoor work to do!

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