wild boars, dogs, summer till february and winter till now… a and the new corona world…. not much to say.
we manage to keep sane in these crazy times !!! Olive picking season in Rovies again and this time it took 3 months to finish the green, kalamata and olive oil trees !
it was a relatively good harvest in a generally bad olive year ! The team strong but we really felt the absence of Inti and Jeroen, we miss you guys !
apart from that the garden is doing very good with the great work of audrey !
we built a little roof for the bandsaw using the wood we made with it !
and now with the olives finished we are looking forward to many nice projects !
and the card postal of the xmas and new year from paliomilos !
so here we are again! it was a lovely summer with a bit of everything in it !
First and foremost the band-saw !! after 20 and more years of inactivity we managed to restore this band-saw that my great grandfather bought in an auction in 1951 ! we went from this cutting
step by step
to this !!
the house is finally out of the cast !!!
we also made a terrace in the back of the house which even became a open air cinema
the garden was again plentiful
the animals grow in size and number and along the way we also learn something.
and the project of the winter has landed, a house on a trailer ! took out the rust and painted it and packed it for the olive season.
good food, friends and beautiful views made this summer special !
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…
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
little pets as usual
and beautiful landscapes that make the soul find some shelter in this insane, virtual society we live in…
what do you do on a rainy autumn when you have no olives to pick ? …well the following:
design the farm of Paliomylos
then start the works and implementation of the plan by uprooting around 60 olive trees this year
then preparing the soil for planting, processing and gathering the wood
and then off course planting the new trees just a couple of days ago ! mainly almonds but also other fruit trees like apricots, peaches, plums, etc totaling around 50 for now. We also started planting the fence. The planting will continue throughout the winter and early spring and i ll keep the blog updated with that.
apart from this big project that will take a few years to setup, part of the team has been putting a lot of energy in the winter garden which is back after 4 years and its looking beautiful !
some experimentation with biochar stoves
and last but not least at all, our 3 new little sheep
so this is what we ve been up to, together with a lot of amazing cooking and food preservation and good company 🙂
Mediterranean Permaculture Seminar in Paliomylos ! 5 days of learning and having fun. The teachers Tina Lymberis and Fotini Georgousi combined in perfect harmony and delivered a seminar full with knowledge that misses nothing from a complete 13day PDC in a way that brought only smiles, hugs and positive energy to the 30+ people that stayed in Paliomylos this last week.
For the team these days were rejuvenating and all the ideas and encouragement gave us a huge boost for the big works that are coming up.
So there was theory
and design !
In the meanwhile in the house, preparations for the seminar occupied most of July together with the normal gardening, food processing and construction work.
till next time, photooos !
the summer is here and the garden started already giving
the end of spring brought a lot of food for now and preserved for later. Lentils
a lot of mulberries that gave us jam, syrup, vinegar and hopefully tsipouro !
and some of the first fruits from the farm
Building continued this last month on the north part of the house
We were honored to have a visit from the green witch Robin Rose Bennett who shared with us her knowledge about the medicinal properties of herbs
That s it for now, I leave you with more flora and fauna photos
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 !