Tomorrow (or the next day if you live in a walled city) is Purim. The time to get plastered while celebrating the survival of the Persian Jewish community. So get those olive martinis ready! I actually got the party going last night with some strawberry daiquiris (since its strawberry season here in Israel), as well as margaritas (since its citrus season as well).
The olive trees are budding, and in the next couple weeks there will be tiny white flowers opening up and getting pollinated. That will be an indication of the potential yield for the coming fall. I've been putting out compost, but besides that it's been a quiet couple months. Soon things will be getting busy mowing and weeding,followed by putting out fly traps, getting irrigation lines fixed up, and cutting new growth from the base of the trees.
This week I also planted 10 grape vines (Cabernet Sauvignon) at the edge of the olive grove. I hope this is the start of an organic vineyard.
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I'm Dani Livney, a member of Kibbutz Gezer, and the manager of the Gezer olives. I love it! I also work as a lawyer, focusing on environmental projects and promoting environmental empowerment and education.