Permaculturing in Portugal

One family's attempts to live in a more planet-friendly way

Going nuts!

With so many simultaneous building projects on the go, it’s been easy to overlook the harvesting on the quinta needing done. Thanks to daily reminders though from some of our Portuguese neighbours further along the track, we were in no danger of overlooking the chestnut harvest. Over the last 2 days I’ve collected some 20 kilos or more.

The freshly bulldozed path down from the track through the bracken and brambles, churned soil, muddy footprints and multitude of chewed and empty chestnut skins at the top of the vineyard terrace are all signs that the javali (wild boar) were also in no danger of overlooking the chestnut harvest. They’re on the night shift though …

And since the walnut tree is close by, there was also no danger of overlooking the remainder of the walnut harvest either.

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