CHOOSING THE LOCATION AND TERRAIN
Before setting up any kind of fruit orchard, you have to think about the terrain it will be on because it will stay there and need maintaining for the next 20 years or more.
The location is fundamental: it should be in a sunny, well-aired position with easy access, especially for transporting the freshly harvested fruit, in order to keep it in the best possible condition even in unfavourable seasons. Water of a sufficient quantity and quality must be available to carry out irrigation during the summer months (fruit is made up of about 90% water).
The terrain is not only the base for anchoring and supporting our plants, but also the source of nutrition needed, first of all, for the development of the roots and consequently all the parts above ground. For example, the branches that will produce and grow the fruit, which has to go on and meet the demands of an increasingly sophisticated market for foodstuffs in general and fruit produce in particular.