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

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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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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