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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 9
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 1497
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: December 12, 2010

Farm is located in Southern Spain; 2Km from Velez-Malaga and about 10km from the sea. You get to town in about 15 min on bike. Lush mango trees and beautiful sea-views, 125 meters from sea level.

You may be the ideal candidate to work on my family farm in Spain if you are someone that can independently work with minimum supervision.

The work consists of opening the irrigation key so the mango trees can get water three times a week, while this is happening, you walk the farm to see that each tree is getting water. This is what needs to be done on a regular basis all other work like trimming, getting rid of over grown grass around the tree or giving the trees their vitamins is done seasonally or every other month. The farm doesn't need more then twenty to twenty-five hours of work a week.

Light Construction Work: Finishing a small studio, mostly bath and kitchen. This is what I need now for the next two or three months until October. Would take a week a two to finish.

Irrigation: Irrigation should start when the weather warms: April at the coast. Continue every one to two weeks, until the fruit is harvested. Irrigation may be discontinued when rains are sufficient to maintain soil moisture.Then reduce to the minimum required to avoid wilting. Watering is then increased after one to two months to initiate a new bloom and growth cycle.

Fertilization: Mango trees require regular applications of nitrogen fertilizer to promote healthy growth flushes and flower production. Chelated micro-nutrients, especially iron, are also often necessary. but do not fertilize after midsummer.

Pruning: Healthy trees require little pruning, although pruning to stimulate new growth promotes uniform annual bearing. Removing some flower clusters during a heavy bloom year may also alleviate alternate bearing. Mangoes may be pruned to control size in late winter or early spring without a loss of fruit.

Propagation: Some success at grafting can be done in April and September.

In Spring: Weed clearing and remove suckers, below the grafting.

Fruit Harvest: Mangoes ripen in August and September. They bloom in March on the coast in Southern Spain and they mature in 100 to 150 days after flowering. When the fruit shows color on the tree, they are ready to harvest.

To Prevent Pest and Disease: Trees need to be sprayed especially in rainy weather with sulfur, powdered kelp, sodium bicarbonate. Anthracnose can be controlled with bimonthly applications of copper spray.

Housing: Rustic with water and electricity one step above camping for now, until work is finish, looking for someone that can do some construction work, would take a person that knows, one or two weeks to finish. No phone, but a cell phone will work.

There is a lot of time to learn tropical fruit cultivation, Spanish culture and language,discover southern Spain and enjoy the beach.

Google: Velez-Malaga and Torre del Mar

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