samedi 12 novembre 2016

Jantar no Monte com as lampadas de cabeça...

How to keep birds away in the Alentejano way (Campinho, Nov. 2016)

Grenouille de Pérez (Pelophylax perezi) au Monte (Nov. 2016)

The Carob orchard

Early November. Once the holes were filled in with soil and organic material, we started planting our little carob orchard. Impatient to see how it will look like in two or three years.

We selected three carob cultivars from Sr. Vieira in the Algarve: "Lami", "Cavi" and "Burro". And we will add other drought resistant trees around, such as fig trees or jujube trees.

Evening skies and jasmin smells

An evening walk with A., G. and the donkeys in the middle of the autumn daffodils (Narcissus serotinus) carpets and their wonderful jasmin smell.

Automne à la Horta

Le gingembre mangue se prépare à fleurir...

Les choux et les salades sont plantés. Les poivrons sont à point...

Les artichauts sont repartis

Les fruits de yuzu sont prêts à être récoltés, à l'abri des Tagasastes...

Myrtilliers "Alix Blue" en butte venus de Castelo Branco. On a voir ce que ça donne...

samedi 29 octobre 2016

In Nrnadzor's pomegranate orchards (1): Narek and his family

As we enter Nrnadzor, we first meet Narek, his dad, brother and son. They are gathering and selecting pomegranates in their orchard. We discuss pomegranate cultivars, pruning, the economic difficulties of pomegranate growers, distance between the bushes (they practice 3 m x 3 m), ... They grow two cultivars; Spitak, sweet and yellow, and Gyulasha red/armenian. The latter is fabulous, with some acidity but also with a very special gooseberry flavor.