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More updates from my orchard , I need your feedback people ...thank you


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more updates June 18 2016

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Hi Khalid

Nice pictures
Sheep nice on the plate but not in the orchard
What sort of Birds are they ? Have you thought about encouraging certain types of birds , fly catchers , martins , swallows , swifts for eating the flying insects . Thrushes for ground living insects , and owls for mice voles and rats .

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I know you say you have irrigation, but seeing all those stones makes me think you have an ideal situation to use stone lines laid on contour to increase your lands water catchment. It's a way to get benefits similar to swales without disturbing your existing root structures. This video gives a pretty good explanation of the technique. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO16g4LgBjI

It's what I think of every time I see a field covered in stones, now.

Everything you're doing looks fantastic. I don't know if it's just a change of season, or your managment, but your recent photos make everything look much lusher than the earlier ones.
 
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Hi thank you for the feedback this is very encouraging ....Yes the sheep are ours but they are kept grazing in a neighboring terrain we cannot have them inside the orchard otherwise they will eat the tree branches ....we added some 20 male sheep because we hope to get some income to help out with the expenses I had to endure so far ...our only income is from the plums and almonds crops ( we are hoping in a great plums crop this year but the almonds production is disappointing this year due to several factors among which it snowed heavily in February when the almonds were already in flowers and this affected very badly on the overall production ....the sheep are being prepared for what we call here in Morocco Eid when each family sacrifices a sheep and that's going to be in some three months from now so we will sell them by then and hopefully make some good profit ....as to the birds those are naturally breeding there , we cannot afford have many birds are they will be fatal to our fruit crops as you know ...below some more pictures taken yesterday
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more pictures taken yesterday
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more pictures taken yesterday
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more pictures taken yesterday
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Plums in production
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Some Olive trees we have on the fence they seem to be doing great
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a newly planted Cherry tree , we are experiencing how cherry will do in this terrain and climate and decide if to plant more on a naked half hectare we still have to plant
 
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more pictures taken yesterday
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general panorama of this area , Love the little mountain which once used to be a Roman fort
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amongst all the herbs and greens I have planted last february , the lettuces seem the best adapted
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This is an apricot tree we have few of them and they all doing great
 
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more pictures taken yesterday
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I am extremly proud of the prickly pears I planted just few months ago as a fencing plant , most of it is doing great with little to no maintainance needed
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The Strawberries are doing great too
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as said before the lettuces adapted perfectly to this area ...seeds were brought from Canada and they love the Moroccan soil and climate
 
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Great pics
Have you thought about thinning the plums ? Sometimes there can be so many plums the branches can brake . It might be better to remove some of the plums now to get fewer larger plums later and not zero plums if a branch snaps .
You could feed the little plums to the turkey
I visited a Roman fort in Tunisia it was amost identical to a fort from where I was living at that time in the north of the UK
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David Livingston wrote:Great pics
Have you thought about thinning the plums ? Sometimes there can be so many plums the branches can brake . It might be better to remove some of the plums now to get fewer larger plums later and not zero plums if a branch snaps .
You could feed the little plums to the turkey
I visited a Roman fort in Tunisia it was amost identical to a fort from where I was living at that time in the north of the UK
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Thank you David , presently I am away outside the country , but I am blessed by workers and family members who are taking care of everything , and yes we are well aware of the problem of overloaded branches and they are fixing it with strings and sticks ....they might have never read a book about agriculture but they know things the natural way by tradition trial and error and just experience .....I said this area used to be a Roman fort maybe be it is more accurate to say it was a camping site for the troops and the heights makes it easier to watch the surrounding area ...the romans unlike in other countries did not have an easy time here so they did not have the time to build proper cities and forts as they did in other parts of the world , nevertheless we have a couple of roman cities not far from here .....

by the way this is how the orchard was during the late February , this will give you an idea of the heavy snow we had which impacted negatively on the almonds productions cause they trees were already fully blooming ...again thank you for your feedback and I am happy to hear advises suggestions remarks criticism etc....also if someone is travelling in the area by motorcycle by bicycle by car or camper and wants to stay in this orchard for few days I am welcoming all of the readers to stay and camp free of charges , there is space where you can plant a tent or if you want to sleep inside the house just bring your sleeping baag with you
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this was 28th February 2016
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Before the snow on 13th Feb 2016 and after the snow 28th February 2016
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These are few ornamental plants I had added of the side (during February) unfortunately most of them suffered badly from the snow
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These are few ornamental plants I had added of the side (during February) unfortunately most of them suffered badly from the snow
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These are few ornamental plants I had added of the side (during February) unfortunately most of them suffered badly from the snow
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new almonds trees , fig trees and other fruit trees planted in January and February , most of them are already doing great and picking up
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new almonds trees , fig trees and other fruit trees planted in January and February , most of them are already doing great and picking up
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some picture from mid february 2016
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Mint that we planted in February and is now doing great
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Rosemary plant , natural to the area and was blooming even in winter time
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the plums so far are doing well
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the plums so far are doing well (part 2)
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Loving all of your pictures and progress!!
 
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elle sagenev wrote:Loving all of your pictures and progress!!

 soon I will be back home and will be able to post more updated pictures , mean while here are some from the huge snow storm we had last February and which almost destroyed all of my almonds crop ...cause it came late when the trees were already in flowers
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New Updated Pictures shot in August 2016 , Plums and apple trees
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Khalid,

I've so appreciated watching your progress on your orchard.  I live on the other side of the world, but it's wonderful to see the progress you're making.  Those plums and apples look amazing.  It's clear that the fertility of your land seems to be increasing with every year, and that all those trees and understory plants are bringing tremendous life to your soil.

I look forward to seeing bees, chickens, and other income sources being added to your amazing farm.  I wish I lived in the area -- I'd love to come over and help.

Keep up the good work, and thank you for continuing to update your progress!
 
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Marco Banks wrote:Khalid,

-- I'd love to come over and help.




You are more than welcome if you want to come and camp in this farm , there is very little comfort though and the house is just a shack .....if you want to camp just bring your sleeping bag or tent and in exchange you can help us with some work or teach us some skills ....I do not live there personally I am some 25 kilometers away in another village but there is a guardian and his family living in the area ....I inspect the farm every week or so when I have some time ....one drawback is that there is no internet in the area otherwise I would have considered living there in person ....below some more pictures taken recently

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Khalid, you are the Man!
Great work over there.  Your orchard is beautiful, and it keeps getting better.  I bet some of your neighbors will notice.  I would think about growing some low, non-related plants. Most herbs grow really well in complement to fruit trees.  Isn't Morocco well known for growing great herbs?  I'm thinking mint, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, bay leaves, garlic, leeks, zaa'tar, masala/curry?. They also confuse/fend off insects.  Most are small, so they won't crowd out your plums, etc.  Also, you might fit in a hazelnut tree or a few.  World production is dominated by Oregon (my state) and Turkey. Your climate looks like it might be similar to Turkey, and they're not related to your fruits for better biodiversity.
You are inspiring us!
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more pictures 15 Aug 2016
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Those pomegranates look great! I have some plants here, but they haven't fruited yet. I think they like the climate in Morocco better than the PNW USA.  Maybe with climate change, we will get enough heat.
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John Saltveit wrote:Those pomegranates look great! I have some plants here, but they haven't fruited yet. I think they like the climate in Morocco better than the PNW USA.  Maybe with climate change, we will get enough heat.
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our pomegranates are usually ready around October ....the weather worldwide is in a mess , and this year alone in my area we had extreme drought then snow which screwed our almonds crop (cause it snowed in february when they were already in flowers ) , then now we have extreme heat and water shortages ....one plant never ceases to amaze me is the prickly pear cactus , it is perfect for our climate
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THe prickly pear cactus is very healthy too. It fights against diabetes, and the dark red fruit must have spectacular antioxidants in it.
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John Saltveit wrote:THe prickly pear cactus is very healthy too. It fights against diabetes, and the dark red fruit must have spectacular antioxidants in it.
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thanks John , yes I know that also there is a cosmetic oil that could be extracted from the seeds and sells for top dollars ....but I am not into that , below some other fruit trees I have in my farm most of them seem to be doing fine ...
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Olives I have some of those on the fence
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below some more fruit trees that I have in my tiny farm
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more biodiversity
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Some more plants growing in my tiny farm
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More updated pictures taken this morning 17 Aug 2016
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part 2 : More updated pictures taken this morning 17 Aug 2016
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Very beautiful place and very nice photos
 
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Francesco Delvillani wrote:Very beautiful place and very nice photos



thanks a lot , appreciate it .....
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