Back to work!!

So now that Mum and Dad have gone back to Blighty it’s time to pick up the tools and crack on!

It was lovely to have a break, spend some time with the oldies and do some different stuff, but we’re both happy to be going back outside, working with the trees and getting the next lot of veg ready for planting!

First things first, the trees need cutting back to get rid of the dead wood, washing again (we’re still fighting off the scale insects) and puffing with sulphur powder. The cuttings will need to go through the wood chipper to make more mulch, firewood needs chopping, and then there’s a ton of work to do in the veg garden to prepare for the winter planting!

We’re just a few weeks away now from the olive harvest too, and it looks like it’s going to be a good year. Between harvesting them and taking the olives up to the factory, we can pretty much kiss goodbye to a week just for this one job – although I have to admit it’s one of my favourite things to do here. There’s just something very satisfying about stripping the olives off the trees!

We’re taking down the huge frame we built in the veg garden last year and will rebuild it just up one end of the garden – we know now what veg grow best here, and which ones need the framework to grow around – mainly tomatoes beans and peas. We are going to put more support posts into the new framework, as I found myself having to weave string between the posts this year for the tomatoes to give them extra support. Doing this will also make getting around the veg easier – it was a bit krypton factor this year!

The new framework will be just up at the end and will have more horizontal bars this time. Fingers crossed this will actually give us more planting space too. We’re still debating whether to cut some of the other trees down on the finca in order to have a bigger area for growing veg … just can’t decide!!

Before we build the new one, we need to rotavate the garden – we have several large holes that have appeared, and the best way to deal with them is to rotavate and then fill.

There’s not too much to plant before Xmas but in January loads of veg will be going in – and this year I’m planning it better so we don’t end up with 50 cabbages, 50 kohl rabbi and nothing else! I bought a big plastic box which I’ve sectioned into the months of the year, and then sorted the seeds into each month – at the start of each month I can simply check the box and instantly know which seeds need planting – we’re getting there! 😂😂

The other thing we really need to do is sort out the chicken coop – sparrows and rats are both getting in so we need to sort that out! When we built it we could only get a larger size chicken wire, and the sparrows could squeeze through, so we covered the whole coop with olive netting, which had tiny holes, but they’re still finding a way in! The rats are coming in by digging under, so we’ll have to dig down further and push the fencing further into the ground to try and stop this!

Persi and the sparrows have managed to wreck the olive netting that was neatly attached to the run! Smaller chicken wire should sort it out, although we’ll still need to make sure there’s shade for the chickens by adding netting to the side and top.

At least we can’t ever say that we get bored!

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