Not much of a change from July. It has cooled down considerably.
Manage to take the terrible two for a dip in the Ria Formosa a couple of times. Still not made it to any of the beaches which are temptingly near. Lack of time is my excuse as I have to split myself between land management, retraining and looking for online work.
Been picking my carobs slowly. Still havenâ€™t found any suitable transportation to take them to Madeira e Madeira Lda in Monscarapacho to sell them. Looks like I will have to take them down sack at a time. Hey ho.
The almonds are ready to be pecked too. Carobs, almonds and olives are the only true abundance of nature here in the Algarve, Portugal. The rest require irrigation as a minimum.
The fig tree of â€˜lampa pretaâ€™ variety has grown and is giving me a decent amount of figs. The figs are very good. I must propagate it!
I have some other fig trees growing . No idea what variety and they have yet to produce some figs.
One orange tree of the dozen I planted in 2015 survived and is growing well this year. I have another two but I think they have a virus. The leaves have always been misshapen with bubble like structures. Still no oranges.. ._. .
Two of the four strawberry trees planted back in 2018 that survived are also growing well this year.
Took off the nashi pears early to avoid spoilage by insects. They are ripening slowly indoors in a box. They are a firm type of pear.
Neglected to tend my only â€˜Italiaâ€™ variety vine but it is still giving me a decent amount of grapes. I think it was too hot for the green variety â€˜Dona Mariaâ€™ brancaâ€™. These usually ripen in early September. They have already ripened this year and a a greater quantity of the bunches have petered out. The heat has been a problem for the persimmon/kaki trees too. Most of the fruit having dropped off. The leaves are fine so I donâ€™t think it is shortage of water.
The corn is still growing well. Fingers crossed. I am pleasantly surprised as the soil is relatively poor. I just irrigate every two days with the hose pipe.
That's all for now. The olives still grow slowly.. ðŸ™‚