Weeding truffle trees in Asturias

Learning about how truffles happen in Spain

While we only spent a few short days at a farm in Asturias, near Santander, it was productive. We spent a few hours each day chipping weeds away from baby holly oak trees. The holly oak trees are seeded with the truffle fungus when they are young, before they are planted. Later in life when the trees are fully established, the roots should start to grow truffles. This should take about a decade.

In the meantime, we need to keep a clean space around the trees for the roots to grow into, without competition from any other weeds.

Northern Spanish countryside workaway volunteering project

This whole field will one day be dozens and dozens of ancient oaks, maybe. Bit of a shame I will be dead by then, because I would have liked to see that. But if the trees I tended to in life continue on, do I ever really die?

How to weed holly oak trees growing truffles

They are such sweet small trees, and in need of my protection! Weeding is a long, never ending job, but not complicated. As a bonus, this weeding project was in some beautiful countryside in the Asturias.

Traveller volunteering helpx garden working weeding trees



I have been gardening a bit around mainland Europe, you can read about pruning yuccas in central Portugal here, or digging garden beds in southern Spain here.

You can also order your own truffle trees here.

About kellymarietheartist

Visual artist originally from Australia, travelling the world creating crocheted wearable art and functional textile pieces. Sustainable art and slow fashion made from recycled fabrics, wools and metal. Colourful. Psychedelic. Unique.
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2 Responses to Weeding truffle trees in Asturias

  1. ralietravels says:

    Very interesting — I had no idea they were cultivated.

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