Milfoil or Pink Yarrow

The new weed, thousand leaf or also yarrow
Pink yarrow (Achilea millefolium) can be found in many places in the Campo. As a neophyte she has spread all over the world but is at home with us and very common.
The herb has been used in medicine as a wound healer and appetite stimulator since ancient times. The young shoots can be cut into the salad, or the leaves can be used as seasoning for curd cheese, soups and sauces.
The most beautiful olives thrive here, which must be related to the heavenly effect of this medicinal herb. The nine stands for the heavenly, perfect, the 1000 for the all-encompassing infinity.

Our DOP contingent is signed

Yesterday we were able to successfully complete the inspection of our olive culture by the CSQA and have now received a quota that will allow us to declare our entire harvest as Denominazione di Origine Protetta Lago di Garda Orientale.
And today comes the less joyful news. Unfortunately, the olives did not work as well this year as the butterflies in the Campo. I have certainly asked half a dozen people and received as many reasons. Last year was a very good harvest, then less is usually to be expected in the following year, but being so extreme is amazing. Bad weather conditions in the flowering period are wet and cool in order to obtain successful wind pollination. In addition, it had hailed five times, which has never been the case, as the locals say. Is that the expected impact of climate change? And the rest is done by the fruit flies, which had increased significantly last year, with the abundant food supply. In any case, my traps were well attended.
So this year there will be no or very little controlled olive oil from Lake Garda Orientale.

It’s a shame that you can’t photograph the scent!

Today we came back to Lake Garda, the first time I visited Campo I was greeted by the pleasant scent of mountain mint.
The tour has shown that weeding the invasive asters is worthwhile. There are only a few asters (Aster lanceolatus) to be found, which are worthless for the local insects, but are powerful displacers.

The ants are a bit quiet

Today I have observed several ants that have hardly moved. Here one got lost on a blank sheet. The lower ant repeatedly tried to address the upper one with its antennae. I have the impression that they have too little food. Many lice have been eaten by beneficial organisms and were unable to reproduce sufficiently. Probably because of the high temperatures.

The cicada turns dead

I had surprised a cicada orni crawling in the grass. As she can not fly out of the grass, she throws herself on her back and lingers for a few minutes until the danger is over. Here you can see the sting for the oviposition, so it is a female. There are an incredible number of species of this insect order, estimated at 200,000. They have conquered the whole world, there are hardly any ecological niches that are not populated by beak-pickles.

The drywall is ready!

I had worked on the drywall every morning for about 2 hours and then did other, not so sweaty jobs. In the afternoon, I was too hot to do anything anyway. I preferred to go swimming in the evening.

Angi cuts the polloni

Today Angi accompanied me and cut polloni (root shoots). Succhioni (shoots) I cut only at the end of August when the tree is no longer floating. But to distribute the work, Polloni can be cut in the summer.
In the picture you can also see how I mow the meadow in the summer. Again, the paths on which you have to move and under the trees a slightly larger tree than in the spring. It remains so but still half of the meadow. In this process, it is important to take out the neophytes otherwise they also become mired.

The drywall is being rebuilt


Last year, the drywall collapsed on the border with Antonio. I had decided to build the drywall again stable.
This means that the wall must be about 1/5 of the height thick, the bottom and top row should contain about two thirds of the length big stones and all 3 layers should be placed some anchor stones to connect the wall with the backfill of gravel. Mostly I lay the long side of the stones across, in contrast to a mortar wall. The stones must be wedged so that they do not wobble and clash. I gradually fill the gravel and wed the stones by hand. At the top, a layer of earth comes on it, to allow soon again a rooting.
Today I set the first third of the wall.