Itâ€™s the end of the month and definitely the end of the summer. The temperature at night is pleasantly cool and it hasnâ€™t been unbearably hot for more than five-six hours during daylight.
The end of September has been quite bereft of fruit for me. I only have a few apples that are ready now. As for vegetables, not doing so great either. A few tomatoes coming along and got the usual cabbage (Cove Galega) and potted lettuce. The Cove Galegas are dying off this year and I will have to replant next year by the look of it. The plants can last a few years if you take off the floral stems as they begin to grow.
I have planted some sweet potatoes and am planting more. Will have a dig next month to see whatâ€™s there from the first batch I planted. It apparently takes four months for the tubers to form.
Been in the Ria Formosa catching cockles about twice a week. Today was for the last time this year. For me anyway. I am not sure if there is a closed season for cockles in Portugal. According to this bulletin from the DGRM - (not sure what this stands for but it covers the Portuguese Fisheries Department) there doesnâ€™t seem to be a closed season.
And I managed to pick up this good size clam â€“ I think it is an Ameijoa Boa đź™‚
Over 5 cm in length and only the second one I have found. Also tested the electric trawling motor with the lithium ion battery pack. The worked well together. I havenâ€™t been fishing as yet but I intend to as soon as I find some suitable bait.
Have got any olives of my own this year worth mentioning. But I have been picking up some decent sized ones off the trees of my Belgian neighbours as I prune along. I have managed to get a sufficient amount for pickling.
Thatâ€™s about all for this month. I have mainly just been on my own property so haven't been affected by the COV!D-19 restrictions as they are. I have a lot that needs to be done around the place so itâ€™s fine. đź™‚