Originally written by Pu Jin Jing 普金晶
Check her blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/u/2411643562
Principles of organic tea farming (By Pu Jin Jing)
In all cases, distribute the trees all across your available land, don't leave any empty spot.
Keep 2-3 meters between each tree, this will ensure the tea trees have room to develop their roots; low grass will also grow naturally, it will attract many insects, ensuring good biodiversity and avoiding that too many insects gather on the tea trees and damage them! Preserve a natural food chain in the tea garden.
Try to flatten the steep fields, it will avoid water flowing down and will help keep the nutrients in the soil!
Preserve a natural environment all around the tea garden.
Till the soil once or twice a year, add a bit of homemade fertilizer or cut weeds and bury them around the tea trees. Use local green manure: dead leaves taken from the nearby forest is perfect, it will be enough to give your tea garden a nutrient boost.
Pruning the tea bushes: cutting off the top will concentrate the nutrients into the lateral branches. If it's already tall trees, pruning them will give them an umbrella shape, making the harvest easier.
Control the flowering and fruit growth, pick them systematically!
Picking techniques: refer to this article (in Chinese)
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