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Project: Dehesa Felix
Posted by Darren J. Doherty over 11 years ago
After some years of travelling the globe in our constant interview of Gaia, all the while whilst undergoing vital soil restoration and development, we are now ready to establish a range of tree systems at Dehesa Felix. All of these systems follow the patterns of Keyline and accordingly feature equidistant row spacings and maximum control (ie effective distribution) of rainfall.
The description of each system is as follows:
O1 - Temperate Nut Grove
Juglans regia, Castanea dentata and C. sativa established at 8m x 8m with alternate placement. Deepest, best drained soils on this side of property so best suited to this location.
O2 - Temperate Orchard
All of the usual suspects with multiple varietals of each at 8m x 5m. Interplant is at 2.5m centres and are alternating Cytisus palmensis and Acacia retinodes. Cooler aspect with summer topographic/neighbours trees shading, good winter chilling and moist soils.
O3 - Mediterranean Orchard
A range of meditteranean species (sans Ficus carica) producing both fruits and nuts. Second hottest aspect on the property, and relatively well drained and drier soils.
O4 - SubTropical Orchard
Citrus, more temperate guavas, Macadamias and Avocadoes with Citrus initially established along with nurse interplants of alternating Cytisus palmensis and Acacia retinodes. Avocadoes, Macadamias and Guava's will be established in the spring of 2013 when nurse interplants get to 2m x 2m in size. This orchard will be extended westward following removal of the 40' ship container adjacent to the main building envelope.
TC1 - Meditteranean Tree Crops
Avenue planting with 12m rows with pasture/crop interrow. Main species are interplanted (at 12m centres) Quercus ilex, Q. suber, Ficus carica, Ceratonia siliqua and Morus nigra. The Quercus spp. will be installed as advanced stock of around 2-3m (8-12 years old) with the remainder installed as semi-advanced to standard stock. Interplants at 6m centres are inland tree acacias (Acacia implexa, A. stenophylla & A. pendula) for fine furniture/musical instruments further interplanted at 3m centres with alternating Cytisus palmensis and Acacia retinodes.
AV1 & AV2
Alternating fasitigate Populus italica, Quercus robur var. fastigiata planted between wider spreading Platanus occidentalis, Quercus canariensis and Ulmus chinensis at 8m centres. Will drop fastigate Quercus if we can source some well priced advanced Araucaria bidwillii. All stock is advanced for this planting for immediate impact. We are not old but we are not that young either!
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