1st planting session January 2006
Now that the terrains are perfectly set up and ready to go all the painfully accurate preparatory work pays off. Within 10 days one delivery after the other rolls in and keeping a crew of 15 men quiete busy.
For each plant an individual plant hole is being dug and the ground is loosened up at least 1 meter (~3 feet) below the surface with a heavy iron bar. Once the holes were prepared in this way they were filled with a soil mix containing plenty of organic matter and lots of gravel to further guarantee once again the unimpeded drainage.
All the plants were set rather high in order to allow for some sinking of the high amounts of loose soil used. After some training time the local workforce adjusted very well to the demanded work technique and installed a perfectly nice watering ring from rich 'Tierra Negra' for each and every plant set. As soon as this task was accomplished the thorough watering was commenced, making sure that every ring was filled with water several times in order to press eventual air out of the new soil and make sure the root balls finds an excellent connection to the growing media. This insured the best possible start for new root growth.
Now the time comes to stake all large plants with massive beams in order to simplify the re-establishing process and keep the trees steady even in windy conditions.
During the following days and weeks all the plants receive regular and intensive watering to keep the roots motivated to grow into the new soil.