This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This tree, grown chiefly for olive oil, is particularly adapted to dry climates. At a meeting in Australia recently, there seemed to be the same varying experience as among their fruit growers - some make it pay wonderfully and some lose money. Mr. T. Hardy, of Adelaide, said many people were deterred from planting olives on account of the time it took to grow trees. To lose the use of the ground for eight or ten years seemed to be a long time, but he suggested a plan by which the trees might be grown and the ground made use of at the same time. He would plant the largest-worked trees to be obtained, at about seventy to the acre, and fence each tree round with a guard by driving in a circle of barked wattle or mallee stakes six or seven feet long at eighteen inches from the tree, and from four to five inches apart, and securing them round near the top with fencing wire in two or more rings. The ground could be cleaned round inside the guards once or twice a year, by lifting one or two stakes, or as may be required, and a space of one foot round outside the stakes might be dug with the spade.
The land in this way could be pastured with sheep or cattle from the first.