26 February 2013

A centenary olive tree for a new house garden

A few months ago, we moved a centenary olive tree to fix it on our new house's front garden. It was really funny!! We think the olive tree is a very representative symbol of Spain which is going to create great views for our visitors and a relaxing environment during summer nights having a snack or a drink in the garden.

As you can see in our pictures, we used different machinery because the exterior wall is not demolished due to the building has not been finished yet... we hope to demolish it in two or three week's time.

When we fixed the olive tree, we did a big prune for it has a faster sprouting. Currently and after several irrigations, it is totally sprouted on its new soil.

We look forward to can show it in several year’s time, when it could be really lovely.

Versión en español.

19 February 2013

Amazone & Urea... a healthy mix for cereals

A few days ago, we started to fertilize cereals. On other occasions, we have performed it in several times (in February and March), but this year we decided to do it at once in February... we hope it will be enough. Fortunately, this year has been rainy and with this fertilizer, the spring will come terrific. After that, we are going to have to spray. Nevertheless, we are going to talk in some future posts about that.

The fertilizer used was Marte-45, of Medifer company. We used it in the past years and the results were positive, however it is expensive.

Its chemical composition (40-0-0-12,5 SO3) is:
  • NET NITROGEN (N): 40%
    • Ammoniacal Nitrogen (NH4): 5%
    • Urea Nitrogen: 35%
  • Sulfur (SO3): 12.5%
    • Water-soluble: 12.5%

Physical features:
  • Color: red
  • Granules: 95% between 1-4 mm
  • Moisture: <0.3%
  • Impurities (Dust): 0.9 kg/tn
  • Water PH: 5-5.6
  • Density: 0.85 kg/l

The dose was of 220 kg/ha... we think it will be a sufficient amount and we hope to have a good crop if rain continues as before.

According to the spreader used, the Amazone ZA-X Perfect 902, simply we would like to say it works as a Swiss watch. It spreads fertilizer uniformly and we can control the desired dose easily if we see the user guide. We configured it at 11.5 and our tractor worked at 1,700 r.p.m. (C2 gear and 530 r.p.m. of P.T.O.) and speed was at 10km/h.

As on other occasions, we used Cerea manual guidance system. We got sensations really pleasant using it again. It is a very important help and when you get used to use one of them, that is really comfortable. Then, if you don't have it, you miss it a lot.