Life is normal finally in paliomilos after the storm of the olives. the focus now is on the gardens and the house and some things here and there.
Inti and jeroen have done an amazing job this year on the garden side, rejuvenating the soil and restructuring the shape and irrigation.
apart from the main garden we have some extensions this year with the hugelbeds, which are looking really good
garlic, onions fields, chickpeas and a 3 sisters (corn, beans, squashes) field
With the huge harvest comes a mountain of olive leaves outside the olive oil press, so we decided to built a Jean Pain compost to have extra hot water of more then 50 C !
This year we went big with grafting and were very successful with pears and apples on wild pear rootstock, plums and apple on plum and quince, but still not successful on citrus which will try again later in the summer.
Now we focus on the house, renovating and adding some extra functionality
and off course we had to clean the olive branches, pile the wood and we took out a few sick trees and we are going back to that in October
More on house updating on the next post !
this harvest was a landmark… not only for us, but many areas around Greece had the biggest harvest ever, this year. After the olive oil olives, we had a month of “rest”, during which…
we got more chicken, electric fence powered by a solar panel and now the chics are free ranging for the first time. Apart from eating free, they work for us by weeding and fertilizing the garden.
after the chicken had finished their work we moved them and sheet mulched this part of the garden
started Hügelkultur (more on this in the next post) and finally the summer nurseries took off.
In the last week of February the Kalamata olives were ready to be picked as the cold receded and they un-shriveled. We called a team of friends to help out and in two weeks we picked 10 tons of Kalamata finally completing this Odyssey that started on the 4th of September, half a year ago.
a party followed to celebrate and start the After The Harvest era in paliomylos
Now we rest and enjoy the spring, full of flowers as you ll see in the following photos, and therefore the bees allowed us to steal for the first time a bit of honey since they have so much food right now
till next time, enjoy the Spring !
olive, olive, olive and another olive…. and then another one and another one, and after that an olive… and yesterday olive and today olive and tomorrow olive.. 80 tons of olive…
5 months picking olives from sunrise to sunset (sometimes with no lunch break)… we (Inti, Jeroen and myself) just see and speak olive now ! and no, no it s not over yet ! in March we continue with the Kalamata olives that have shriveled from the cold now… another 3 weeks of olive to complete this enormous production.
a big thanks to all that helped out this year ! the people is who made this task bearable in the end, so thank you all !
The dutch team arrived in the beginning of October, brought everything we were missing in the house, build their home in a day and never missed an olive
apart from olive… we had a bit more of harvesting,
and a lot but a lot of cooking…
i leave you with some more non olive moments from these last 5 months, till next time !
many things happened in the last month and a half, one very sad but many good ones, so it feels like a new stage starts in paliomylos.
Starting with the bad news, Loop is not with us anymore after four years of great moments. He ll always mark the memories of the beginning here in Paliomylos.
Moving on, as nature always does, trees, gardens and cats are doing great and in the house Valentin brought good energy, presents and friends.
So the harvest of early summer apart from the usual garden veggies
this year includes lentils
and an amazing potato yield from just a bed of 8 m2
The usual tomato sauces, pickles and dried preserves are happening on a daily rate as usual for this time of the year
but the new goodies from Belgium, have now transformed the kitchen to a proper homesteading food processing spot
From Belgium also came a special short visit of a scout group. They carried out the big task of a stone staircase by themselves in only 3 days of work, thanks guys !
and last but not least the works on the canal are continuing and we are hoping to have the complete terrace ready for August, lets see ! A serious novelty is the welding machine that Thanasis gave us as a gift. Metal is added to the building artilery after stones, wood, COB and mortars
enjoy the rest of the summer !