Yes, itâ€™s still very hot and dry with over 30ÂºC almost daily. Bonji cooled off in the Ria Formosa last week. We really must go more often.
On the fruit front. Life is not a peach this year. Hardly a peach to be had. The plums are less but we have some which is good. I had to pick all my black plums (ameixa preta) early. Had I waited for them to sun ripen there wouldnâ€™t have been any â€“ insects, birds and rats. I was grateful to have got some yellow plums despite the infection and the fact that that were only a few of these growing.
I canâ€™t remember but I think they are the Santa Rosa variety (red outside and yellow on the inside). These will be the last of the plums.
A grape vine is helping with the fruit supply. Italia variety which is a good table variety and the grapes are ripening nicely. Once again the vine grew quite wild, mostly up an almond tree. This had been sort of the plan :). I must make an effort to train it better for the coming year.
The mango tree managed to survive the winter. You really have to protect all of the leaves ( cover in plastic sheeting) to avoid die back. The pears are sweet but still miniature. Definitely bigger than last year so they are getting there. I lost one apple tree. I havenâ€™t increased the amount of irrigation water to the trees this year but I think it was more due to the heat. The transplanted olive trees are struggling too. Especially those I water just once a week.
The potatoes were very good! I can definitely produce a couple of sacks full. You just need very rich soil and then have to keep it constantly moist. I need a better tool to dig them up as the fork spears them. The potato plants flowered and had fruit. Like little potatoes. Not sure what they can be used for. I tried replanting a few of the rooted stems to see if they would grow but this was not successful.
The spinach failed to germinate. But the weed purslaian appeared so is helping with the greens. This with sweet potato leaf. The cabbage seeds failed to germinate too. I was surprised as they usually pop up. Only have half a dozen stalks of corn this year growing. The seed collected from last yearâ€™s crop didnâ€™t germinate very well.
Thatâ€™s all for now. The olives are still growing slowly and the LE 300 wind turbine is still turning. ðŸ™‚