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Olive tree cuttings and Hugelkultur

 
Morgan Carey
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I live in Italy where everybody seems to like to burn their biomass. In particular we see lots of people burning their cuttings from Olive trees. Has anyone here used cuttings from Olive Trees in their Hugelbeets?
 
James Mariorenzi
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Location: Palazzolo Acreide (SR), Italia
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I read your post a couple of days ago and could not formulate why people burn their biomass.
And I have noticed that many burn all their olive tree prunings.

I asked my uncle, who has an olive grove and has been doing this twice as long as I have been alive.
He stated wilt may form on the cuttings and one would want it to be buried very far from olive trees as not to spread back to the trees.
He reasoning is to just burn them and eliminate the chance.
 
Eric Bee
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When people depend on such things to survive, they don't take chances. Innovation is risky.

It is my understanding that olive trees have allelopathic qualities -- ie can inhibit the growth of other plants. I have no idea to what extent or if that breaks down or if it's only certain varieties or what. But I would be inclined to experiment on a small scale first.
 
Carl Pretorius
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We have 10ha under olives (frantoio, leccino and coratina plus a few kalamata olives). 4500 trees in total. We planted these trees as saplings in May 1999. Every year since then we have pruned the olives. We drop the prunings into the middle of the row then drive over them with a mulcher that chips the prunings and spews them back into the tree row. We then spray these cuttings with a probiotic liquid containing powerful microbes and their metabolites. This has worked really well for us, building up the soil in the tree rows. Having recently discovered permaculture,we are embarking an a project to convert our orchard into a food forest. 
 
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