so we stay at home and we blog…. :-p haha !
over the last year we ve been mainly focusing in maintaining what we have, getting better at that, and not so much in growing, there was not so much building, not so much planting, a lot of olive grove work, accounting and dealing with off the farm issues.
so here go some of the highlights in photos
the sheep family is getting bigger, they found a home too, so all is well so far…
minutes after the birth of the first small ones
mums and children out eating..
and booly the bulldozer guarding the house!
the foxes killed a lot of chicken last year, when we tried real free ranging so we re back in protective mode
heavy pruning, half the grove last year and half this year !
major works in the garden, a complete upgrade
a very good olive harvest with a few but creme de la creme pickers 😉
a few constructions
so much good food and preserves
sweet and normal potatoes, onions, cabbage
little pets as usual
and beautiful landscapes that make the soul find some shelter in this insane, virtual society we live in…
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 !