Latest news from the quintaDecember 13th, 2017. Post by Quinta do Vale
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Broad beans (favas) appearing. ... See MoreSee Less
Fertile ash x
Nature`s work ! ;-)
So beautiful. Congratulations. Such strength the plants have. It gives me comfort.
nice! mine are 20cms high now :))
The new solar panels are installed to replace the ones which burned. THANK YOU so much to everyone who contributed to the crowdfunder! This is part of what you've paid for. Yesterday, with 2 weeks to go to winter solstice, they made enough power with just 2 hours of direct sun to take us through 24. And all 6 together cost less than 2 of the original panels installed in 2010. Some things at least have come down in price! ... See MoreSee Less
So very glad you have solar back :)
May the sun shine upon you !!!! x☀️x
happy to read this :-)
I bloody love this! Really pleased for you x
brilliant Wendy, so glad to hear this Kxxx
So happy you have your solar back x
❤️🙏Love, Light and the Brightest Future to you Wendy xx
Sunday viewing ...Walter Jehne, former CSIRO Climate Scientist and Microbiologist, founder of Healthy Soils Australia, explains the role of water in climate change and climate... ... See MoreSee Less
A burnt pear tree has burst into blossom. Never mind that it's the first of December ... A sign of returning life? Or a last gasp urge to reproduce? ... See MoreSee Less
A gift ❤️
I wonder which one it'll be. Please update when clear 😍
Sadly possibly a last gasp. Suggest you prune it back a bit (while ensuring you keep in the live wood) and take off the blossoms on what remains - don’t let it expend its energy trying to fruit. Gift it some compost around its roots and cross your fingers
Here, prolific fruiting (of any tree) is a stress response. Agree with Fiona, cut back (aggressively), before it wastes any more precious effort.
We have the same happening here (on a plum and a cherry), and seeing these posts we will now take action. Do you think that the age of the trees (perhaps 15 years +) will have any bearing on their chances of survival?
Oh I do hope they survive for you all 🙏❤️
food for the birds and bees in hard times.x
Wonderful Mother Nature x
my apricot and some cherries did similar 3 days ago. Also a few that did not burn! (were in gardens) Took the flowers off cause it takes too much energy..although the bees probably will love it.
Maybe both! It's incredible!
Happens also at my place, but with the trees that were closest to the fire (they are not burnt). To me it seems the heat just triggered their spring genes. Timeline confusion.
a natureza surpreende-nos .
Self-mulching forest. The needles are falling now from the dead and burned pines, just in time to protect the blackened soil from rain. ... See MoreSee Less
Question: did your red wood survive?
Today we made a temporary roof structure from singed bamboo for the wee house. This supports a tarpaulin to keep rain off the wall heads. With a storm approaching, we only just got it all lashed down by nightfall, but from the noise of the wind outside, I'm not sure how much will be there by morning ... Many thanks to Annie Hamilton-Gibney who drove all the way from Miranda de Corvo just to lend us a hand, a blow torch and a few beers! ... See MoreSee Less
Nature is amazing! Before the fires came, this bed was planted up with couves-portuguesas (Portuguese Christmas cabbages), but the fire took them all. Straight away afterwards, these potatoes started appearing (germinating from ones which escaped harvest earlier in the year) and now look at them! ... See MoreSee Less
Love the tenacity of the plant world
Karina Szilagyi we are ON for the winter potato crop attempt!
These are from the potatoes I harvested?? Amazing!!
Fire potatoes ❤️
love to see this!!!
yes nature is a wonder :)
They seem to love alkaline(d) soil after fire
:O i almost believed that cabbages don't burn!
Clean-up crew. The resident Aussies getting stuck in. Pete and Becky plus kids have been here a while now since before the fires. They were here during the fires, went away for a couple of weeks, then the mad bastards came back again! They've been beyond brilliant helping around the place. There can't be many crazy enough to camp in a 4-man tent on a burned out quinta in November and there's nothing they don't take in their stride. I'm really looking forward to getting into the intricacies of tree-shaping with them once Spring comes around. Check out their website at www.pooktre.com because tree shaping is coming to Portugal! ... See MoreSee Less
Hey Aussies 👋 nice to meet you 😄
Shame good to see you guys xxx
A gift xx
Fantastic family hope all is going well, great photo 😍🤗😇
Yayyy! They are made out of the right wood (dutch expression not sure if that makes sense elsewhere ;) Wonderful to have them in the community.