Spring 2014
Its been about 4 1/2 yrs since I planted the following trees. As you can see they are growing nicely. The black truffle brule / burn has not begin to show yet. The clear areas you see around the trees are from spraying weed killer ( Glysophate ). The brule should start to appear this year on some or most of these trees.

As I have mentioned earlier somewhere, the holm oak does not grow uniformly. Some have grown tall & gangaly, others squat but with a nice crown starting to form. Either way, they are doing nicely. What concerns me the most is what is happening under ground with the black truffle spore on the roots. In the next 2 yrs or so, I will have root samples taken & have them analyzed to determine the quality / quantity of the truffle spore on the roots. I have talked to experienced black truffle farmers & they have all said the same; you have to plant a quality tree with quality truffle mycylium from the very beginning, that is one of the most important aspects of having a successful black truffle farm. So, make sure that you start with quality trees from the very beginning. I can't stress this enough.

Since this plot of land has a slope to it, I leave the center of the rows / streets full of weeds. I do this on purpose for a number of reasons. I dont like using weed killer in general but its impossible to keep the weeds in check otherwise. Leaving weeds there acts as a type of dam / dyke for when we have torrential down pours. It stops the water from running down, making ruts, caring away the top soil but more importantly, it gives the insects; lady bugs, grasshoppers, bees, etc a place to live. Instead of being a pig headed human trying to kill everything off, I like that nature is abundant on my land. Mother nature likes bio diversity, so you got to keep her happy. Plus, it looks pretty cool. When the land is plowed, I have the tractor driver finish plowing cross ways, that also helps in slowing any run off.

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The following trees are roughly 3 1/2 yrs old. They are situated on a separate plot of land that is above the other plantation, it is about 2.5 hectares ( 5.5 acres more or less ). A lot rockier soil, very marginal type of soil, well draining & not so humid as the other truffle plantation. A 1 yr difference in growth is pretty notable. Even thou you can't tell by the photos, I mixed alternately 1 tree from a local nursery & the next tree from a nursery from Barcelona. I did this for a number of reasons. One reason was because I wanted to give my business to the 2 different companies that helped me establish my black truffle farm initially. Another reason was back again to bio diversity. The local nursery uses local black truffles for the inoculation of their trees & the Barcelona nursery uses their local black truffles to inoculate their trees. So, theoretically there should be a different gene pool in the different truffles used in the inoculation process. In the future when the roots make contact between each other between the different gene pool of truffle spores, there should be a better production rate in those trees. Once again, mother nature likes bio diversity ( its common sense ), regardless what any talking head regurgitates.

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