A little throwback, on this year of agriculture 🙃
In April, the land was bare...
We were still waiting for the weather to be good enough to plant, and I was still quite tired from the previous year potato galore, that I've documented here on Hive.
May was a blur, we started sowing small spuds, and planted the tomato purchased from the local grower.
The warmth arrived in June, with the sun, but it was a surprise for us. That's not my land by the way, this pic. it's another farmer, way more experimented than me haha. Just enjoy the nice picture, alright?
Of all the months, July was the busiest.
And with the heat, the drought, we lost countless amount of plants. You would pour water, and it would evaporate almost instantly. I tried to do it 3 times a day, but it becomes such a tedious job, that I eventually gave up on a young berry bush I purchased last winter, and the bush beans, started wilting
August, I wanted a break :D
I found an old coin in the soil, dated from Napoleon! It's only 5 bucks worth, but I guess I take is more as a sign of good omen.
I did a whole post for September, that's the one, and apart a few hurdles, we got a few things to harvest.
Now we are in October, and after spending a month and a half in Spain, we decided to come back home for 2 weeks to finish harvesting the butternuts, (and other "herbs" 😗).
The last of the zuchinis, I am ashamed to admit that we have a whole bunch of them, and havene't eaten the one harvest a few months back.
Truth is, I didn't know that there is a suggested harvest window, you should let your zuchini grow for too long, as the outside skin becomes too thick and tough to chew.
Supposed to be cabbages, but it didn't grow properly.
We got gifted with a beautiful sunrise.
We didn't have the time to trim all the bushes, grass, plants, and just focused on a few things only. I guess travelling for 800km took a toll on everyone too, so it was important to recover for a few days.
And at last we took care of our Asian hornets nest, that was inside the roof. Apparently, the expert told us they weren't Asians, just normal Hornets.
Still, they put a dent into our ecosystem, and it would explain why our plum trees and fig trees, apple trees, didn't flower much.
You see, it's the bees that take care of pollinating our flowers, and with hornets as predators, all our hives got decimated, add the frost, and it resulted in low yield.
Lesson learned, we took care of the issue, and we will see if it was the culprit.
Anyway, now we are back in Spain, arrived on Sunday, and will spend the month of November enjoying the last of the late summer in Europe. As @mipiano mentioned, it's actually very common for the temps to be above 20 in winter in Spain, as it's often below 0 on our farm in France.
That was one of the reason we decided to travel for a while, the cold gets nasty, and we are also saving our wood for the coldest months of winter, January February and March. And then it will be spring again, and I'll go back to farming! We might hire someone to help though, it's becoming a lot of work, and I am only one man.
Stay tuned, i'll post about Ai Art this week, and also a song tomorrow or the day after!