Now that our cacao trees have been planted for about 6 months now we face the monumental task of weeding. Our land has a very aggressive Morning Glory type vine which in just a few weeks will take down a small seedling.
The video below shows one part of the weeding process which in Spanish has a special name called 'coronar' which means to crown and is an obvious reference to the circular pattern of clearing the weeds. After 'coronar' another worker will come by with their weed-wacker and clear the main part of the row.
You will see in the video the cacao field only has cacao seedlings which now is essentially a monoculture. The land was previously a pasture which was filled with weeds and knee-high grasses when it was purchased three years ago. After the dry season which ends sometime at year's end, we will start adding some tangerine, orange, lemon and lime trees, along with banana and mango trees. This will create a beautiful mix of trees for our organic farm and the bugs that live here. The citrus trees will help fight off molds and other microscopic pests and will also impart some citrus and fruit flavors to the cacao pods when they are ready in about 2 to 3 years.