Night time temperatures have begun to fall, definitely a sign of the onset of autumn.
Still havenât fired up the stove as itâs still above eighteen indoors during the night.
Gathered and sold my own carobs and those of a friend. I donât mind picking carobs, itâs easy enough to do. Almonds are another matter. A mixed blessing as this yearâs almond harvest is looking to be poor. Almonds are great chopped up and added to your oatmeal porridge. I also throw in some chopped or grated seasonal fruit I have to hand. Like apples, plums, peaches, pears etc. The dogs love this too.
My own carob harvest was poor this year. About half but what I had last year but I really didnât mind. Transportation for me is a still an issue. Something I haven’t managed to resolve.
I have had a decent amount of fruit this season. The plums were very good. Early June right upto mid September. I think I picked the last of the Santa Rosa variety today. I have had some decent peaches , a good number of nashi pears and a few melons.
At the moment I got some Persimmon (kaki) trickling through. They are delicious when properly ripe. I also had my first figs. Lampa preta (black lantern) . I had planted this way back in 2016. It finally managed to grow and is a properly established tree now.
I have snd have had , a fair amount of grapes for the table. I have 4 fruits vines at the moment. 1 red (Italia) and three white (Dona Maria Branca).
My first grow bed is working very well.I have lettuce, beetroot and sweet potato growing in it. As well as the edible weed purslane.
I have not been cockling much. The new inflatable was cleverly punctured. There are some very dodgy foreigners about. It was busy where I had to make land and they were waiting for me to come in. They came with their dogs too. Poor Bonji was kept occupied. I left craft and Bonji unattended for less than a 5 minutes. I will be more careful next time.
Well thatâs all for now! It pruning and the olive harvest next.