The nights and mornings are getting chilly so alot of time is spent next to the fire at night, but the sun has been out everyday these last weeks so we have been enjoying our christmas lunches in the sun.
How do you get the party started?
– With a fat beet!
What is the most untrustworthy veggie?
-The beet around the bush.
The sun keeps shining on us here in Portugal and christmas is already here.
We haven’t really put that much time into the olive picking this year since we have other things to do, but we were hoping to atleast get about 40-50 kg that would go to the press to make into oil, so when the neighbor decided a date we would go to the press we did a push and managed to pick 103 kg of olives!
Our neighbor picked about 600kg himself. So we took it to the press and now 2 weeks later we have the finished olive oil back.
quince trees are everywhere around here and the ones on our land are full of fruits at the moment, so we are trying to use as much as possible by cooking it, making jams, chutneys, pickles and giving the rest to the animals. we also harvested pomegranate from our neighbors trees the other day and they are just amazing. pomegranate juice for breakfast tomorrow. what else do you need?
mornings are getting chilly and its time to prepare for winter, we need alot of firewood to keep us warm so we gotta keep sawing and chopping.
The gardens are looking awesome and we keep harvesting amazing veggies.
We also got the new chicken tractor done so now the chickens are helping us fertilize the earth.
summer is ending and fall is already here. we are harvesting amazing food from the gardens, collecting and chopping wood to make sure we have firewood for winter, preparing the foundation for the poly tunnel so that we can get it up before it gets to cold and just enjoying this change of season.
love and light
This year we started planting really late in the year as we had alot to think about and get sorted before getting started with the gardens. And since the summer is soo hot here it can be hard to get things to grow when starting out so late when its already warm and no rain coming down. But we have tried our best and some things have made it through the heat and are soon ready for harvest. Up until now we have harvested onions, strawberries, radishes, cabbage, herbs and cucumber. And soon we will be harvesting some zucchini, pumpkin, more cucumbers, potatoes, lettuce, turnips, more herbs, melon and more.
Before winter starts we will be putting up a poly tunnel (greenhouse) on the land making it possible to grow in warmer climate all winter long.
Finally we have water running on the land!
We got a borehole done about 3 weeks ago and the pump we already had was not the proper pump for a borehole and we realized we had to buy a new pump and have it installed and lowered done the hole. The same guy who installed our solar system also works with pumps and he assured us he could do the job so it worked out really well. We now have the pump connected to two water deposit tanks on the land and hosepipes for watering the gardens etc. So no more carrying buckets full of water for hours around the land every day from now on 🙂
We have 3 wells on the land but since summer started the water in the wells have been going down quickly and the neighbors warned us that the water would probably run out during summer. We have been using drinking water from the local fountain in the village and the water from our wells for watering and cleaning. In July we noticed there was only about 1 meter water left in the wells so it was time to sort out that problem.
Since we know we want to expand our gardens and keep growing as much as possible we need to be sure we have water available.
So just as we started discussing how to solve this a neighbor showed up who just happens to have a good friend who does bore holes for a cheap price in the area. So 1 week later they showed up, walked around with their stick they use to find where to drill for water, found a good spot and then came back a week later to drill the hole.
We were lucky and they found alot of water so we are very happy! Now we just need to get the new proper pump installed which will probably take a couple of weeks, and then we will hopefully finally have running water.