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Allee Bleue (Herbs) - 8 April 2014

This visit occurred on one of the very warm April days that we experienced in the Cape Town region - however it was a very enjoyable visit to this farm in the Franschhoek vicinity.

What an amazing tour! Allée Bleue is a commercial Herb Nursery and our guide, Lario Moolman, who is
the manager of the Herbs division, gave us a good idea of how specialized this business is.
Allee Bleue
Allee Bleue She has responsibility for managing the production of the herbs for contracts with many of the large retailers, as well as other organizations.  Her job can also be stressful, in my opinion, since there can be many things that can go wrong, and instead of home gardeners losing a plant or two, here it can happen in the thousands at least, getting in the way of deliveries!
We saw a number of the many growing 'tunnels' that are filled with the range of herbs under cultivation.
Each tunnel produces about 70kg of herbs for the market, meaning that harvesting is labour intensive.
This tunnel, below, is entirely coriander.
Allee Bleue
Allee Bleue We heard about many aspects of production, including those concerning fertilizing, pest control, fungal attacks, ongoing harvesting from long-lasting plants, and the relatively small staff complement looking after all these functions

Special tanks with premixed fertilizer ensure that the plants get exactly the required dose.

Pests are dealt with in an organic manner such as coloured strips hung around the tunnels – each colour for a specific pest. Blue strips for thrips and yellow stips for aphids.  Below is a trap for thrips.
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The Club contingent, complete with the hairnets as required by the production protocols of the farm.

An altogether enjoyable, and interesting, visit!
Allee Bleue


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