It really feels like mid June now. These last couple of days have been extremely hot with todayâ€™s indoor temperature in excess of 33ÂºC. It will probably be like this for the next month or so.
So I had a few apricots. I thought I wouldnâ€™t have got any this year, so I was pleased.
Had my first plums this week. The are a small variety. Good but acidic so you can only eat a few at a time. The mid summer variety plums will be coming online soon.
Been using the potty for about three months now. I had almost forgotten about it. Used it when I first came here in 2014-15. I quite like it. It is 100% ecological â€“ goes to compost. It okay if you are just one person using it. The flushing toilet blocked and I havenâ€™t had time to sort it out.
The grapes are coming along.
The potatoes are doing very well. I am really pleased. I sowed some sweetcorn from seed collected from last yearâ€™s crop but on very few germinated. And shockingly only of a dozen bought pumpkin seed germinated.
Been eating a bit of sweet potato leaf (red variety) mixed in rice and pasta. Chalini had given me the shoots a few years ago. Doesnâ€™t seem to upset my stomach this time round.
The lemon trees are growing a lot better. Besides adding a bit a horse manure compost bought in bags from the Cooperative store in Monscarapacho I have been putting in diluted vinegar. This to increase the soil acidity. At the moment 200ml cider vinegar to 4 litres of water seems to bring down the pH by 0.5. As Christine Shinn advised me a few years back pine needles composted around the trunks is a better long term solution. I plan to implement this.
I have been surprised to find out that nespiras (loquat trees) do very well in semi arid conditions. I water these just once a week and they are growing well. One 3 year old fruited this year. They seem to grow better than the olives I on the same irrigation cycle.
The young olives are growing - some better than others :).
Wild thyme for a good time ðŸ™‚ The bees love it. use in in rice which cooks very well on the 500W hot plate 'Justin' Beper running on Solar P.V.
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Thatâ€™s all for now. Thank you for reading!