Originally Posted by h.h.
Sounds like Costa Rico.
Apples and no citrus, you'll may have a short season. Apples need x number of hours below freezing to produce blossoms. Cold weather can be detrimental to citrus.
The other crops are often planted in areas where can come in before the market for the best prices. Used for export to the states. Fertility is provided artificially.
Check your ground water. Flow from local wells. Call the well guy. Ask him how deep he has to drill. Is the water table maintainable? How much $ to pump.
Where is your market? What's your competition?
Can you find the things you need or do you have to travel?
Do you love it there? Cause you'll never leave. It will demand your attention at all times. There is a lot you can do to fix the soil and to create microclimates, if you love where you're at, you'll do it. It's in the blood, not the soil.
"Contour plowing" follows the contour of the land. Instead of a straight line, you stay at the same elevation and follow the slope. I do this between rows to catch runoff.
Very good considerations that I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere, thank you for that!
Yes I love it there.
Cold climate is only of concern in the few months of winter, say november to february, there is some cold but rarely frost, especially in the valley. Temps drop to around 10 °C, maybe slightly below but really rarely ever to 0. I have personally experienced "winters" in the area where they had 27 °C and warm sunny weather in late November. I couldn't wear a hoody, had to take it off and walk around in a T-Shirt. Granted, that was not your average November either but it gives an idea.
My grandfather used to dig wells in that area when he lived in a village in the valley. Very easy to do with minimal gear and tech (they did it mostly by hand/with manual tools around 50/60 years ago).
Great quality apparently as people used it as drinking water as well. The whole area, particularly the small town up the mountain, is known for its great water quality. The tap water they have in that small town is excellent as it comes from mountain wells. Not quite glacier water but close.
The market and competition etc. still has to shake out. I am still waiting for a copy of the law which was apparently already passed a few days ago. Going to contact my government guy in a minute and ask what's up. I believe I will only be able to sell to pharmacies/dispensaries for the time being but it could also be that they follow the "club model" that they have in Spain. Have to wait a few more days to know all this.