After having covered the Ecoleña fuel briquette as an alternative for the leña (firewood) I decided to ask around what kind of firewood is most sold around Antigua Guatemala and how much is a tarea (perhaps twice as much as a rick of wood, which is is 8 feet long 4 feet tall and 3 feet thick I think). First the new updated price for a tarea is Q230, up from the original Q180 I reported back in 2008. The other answer from several people was that the pruning of gravilea trees is the firewood most often sold; these trees provide the shadow need by the coffee bushes. That came as no surprise since there are so many coffee plantations around Antigua Guatemala it was only obvious that gravilea trees would provide plenty of firewood each time they are pruned. This I covered before in the post Pruning the Gravileas Trees Again where I shared this information with you. Follow the white rabbit to look at the gravilea trees being pruned.
There is nothing like rain water to make all the flora grow and in Guatemala we have a very copious rainy season that begins in May and ends in October. During the rainy season all the plants acquire a lush green dress and grow very rapidly. Thus, right before the rainy season begins, many gardens, farms and coffee plantations undergo a pruning process.
In the photo above, you can see the gravileas trees, the shadow trees for the coffee plantations around La Antigua Guatemala, being pruned.
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