Hot and dry- but rain promised over the next few days - if the BBC have got it right :). I have been busy clearing the land to comply with the law to reduce the risk of bush fires. I feel I am in a good place now. It was a bit challenging as I had only the Bosch strimmer to work with and a large area to cover. I should have invested in better tools and machinery when I was able but I did not have the experience and knowledge at the time.
The Bosch AFS-23-37 is an outstanding strimmer. Bosch can be proud of themselves. I have certainly pushed it to the limits of itâ€™s standard specification and it has managed to cope admirably. I am using heavier 4mm gauge nylon cord and it didnâ€™t complain. Itâ€™s on itâ€™s 3rd year warranty. The motor will eventually burn out but itâ€™s all good for now. I can highly recommended this electric strimmer/brush cutter.
Manual irrigation takes up a lot of my time now. But I had expected this as a lot of my trees do not have a drip feed irrigation system. I am also trying to train the young olives I have recently planted and still planting , to become drought resistant.
I had some favas (broadbeans). About half the amount I had last year from the same area and amount of seed. I planted the second batch a bit late and there was hardly any rain in spring.
I had a decent amount of louquats/nespiras from two small trees. Not sufficient for jam though. I have another 2 trees growing so hopefully I will have more later on. And my sister thought it was all rubbish ðŸ™‚ Bless.
The variety of louquat â€˜Americanaâ€™ produces very large pear shaped louquats. I got the tree from the senhoraâ€™s stand at the monthly market in Monscarapacho a few years back. I will try to graft it. Speaking of grafting I am trying to top graft my carobs â€“ again. Fingers crossed.
Something went wrong with the almonds and apricots this year. I am not sure if is all over the Algarve. The trees did not flower for some reason and as a result there are hardly any apricots or almonds to be had. Thankfully I have a couple of sacks of almonds in reserve. I have become used to having almonds in my porridge, making cakes with almonds and ofâ€™course almond toffee. ðŸ™‚
To break the almonds I am using this hand tool by "Dali Nut" I got from amazon. Fitted a rubber cushion to make the stroke a bit shorter. This tool works really well. Nut by nut ðŸ™‚ .
Tomatoes arenâ€™t going well. They started off very well but then petered out. The two control plants I kept growing in pots under some shade are wilting too. It doesnâ€™t look like it is due too a lack of water, so I am stumped.
Popped some potatoes in the ground after watch a video by Alan Titchmarsh on Gardenersâ€™ World. They are growing very well. I just keep the soil consistently moist. I have no idea what variety they are. Got them from the local supermarket in Fuseta. They donâ€™t seem to mind the heat.
I have a few pepper and chilli plants in the greenhouse in pots. They are doing well.
Been getting by eating my weeds. ðŸ™‚ Wild fennel and wild oniony things were to be had in spring. Now there is Portuguese basil (manjericÃ£o) that grows like a weed. Less this year due to the dry conditions. I have to grow some in pots to ensure a regular supply . I got these from amigo Jorge and his parents up north.
This is 100% organic growth. ðŸ™‚ Not growth through an acquisition. I have grown these persimmon trees from seed as well as a couple of guava trees. It will take them about four years before they fruit. I like permission more in comparison to guavas because they are tasty to eat and easy to process. Separating the seeds from the flesh of guavas is hard work. If anyone knows of a good method - please do tell!