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Ecology - Environmental Re-balancing

 
 
With the additional planting of about 50 citrus trees (oranges, tangerines, clementines, lemons, and tangelos), we’ve created the appropriate conditions for the opius concolor, an insect that is the natural enemy of the olive tree fly.

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The creation of small, artificial lakes has been very useful for keeping existing birds on our estate and attracting others, especially during the summer. This, in conjunction with the presence of many berry bushes, unploughed land, and green space, has permitted the gradual elimination of natural, organic insecticides (Rotenone is toxic, and Piretro also kills helpful insects).

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The work of pest control has been turned over to various types of traps (after field testing many different kinds) and to the insect-eating birds (tits, great tits, bats . . .)

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We use only the fungicide Poltiglia Bordolese (made of lime and copper at 12%) during the winter on fruit trees “in the brown” (without leaves) and in the spring on peach trees to prevent “peach tree leaf curl”.

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Many small wild trees are also appearing, thanks to seeds brought by birds that frequent our property.
This is one of the tangible signs of Nature’s vitality and the benefits of the environmental re-balancing that we continue to seek.


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