Wednesday, 9 November 2011

autumn watch

so much time has lapsed since I last wrote i don't really know where to start.

Am currently caught up in the olive picking season, which I am having to do on my own this year, it's challenging to say the least but will be rewarding in the end. I have picked all the trees on the house side of the farm

and have started on the olive grove, the other side of the valley

it's rained alot, and for the third year running the other side of the chicken coop has proved a very cosy place to hide, in amongst the tools and rat poo!!!

we've had storm force winds and brilliant sunshine, which found me climbing trees in my knickers!!! (no photo!!)

The garden is still producing loads of stuff

cabbages, tomatoes, peppers, beetroot, spinach, celery, carrots etc.

I've also planted clover and in-between the clover, onion sets and garlic, an experiment, we'll see what the yields are like next year.

Also continuing to plant out brassicas for the chickens.

I've still got the occasional raspberry

and have made a whole new row on the fruit meadow of autumn fruiting raspberries

and finally dug up the tayberries that I'd accidentally planted in a row with loganberries, so they now have their own special prickly row

The compost has been turned (thanks Tony),

the citrus trees covered for the winter, first with some old fleece but it got ripped to shreds by the wind, so I had to do it all again with shade netting

and here's a few random pictures