Saturday, August 22, 2009
August is speeding to a close
Though of course beneath the hot sun, things are rushing to ripen and bolt. My poor parsley and basil are no more.
Tomatoes, are ready to be made into paste and aubergines and courgettes are overwhelming their growers with abundance. I rarely plant either of them, since we've had neighbors, as everyone always plant too many and is stunned when they have enough to feed the multitudes! I am assured of an armful from anyone of three neighbors, whenever I wish.
Figs are ripening and ready to pick.
It will be an excellent harvest and everyone (close enough for me to deliver it to by hand!!) can count on getting a jar of orange-fig and ginger jam for Christmas!!
There are not too many birds attacking the figs or else it's because we have so many of the little devils this year their attacks are almost unnoticeable.
This means in less than a month, he's gone and it's very possible that the first harvest of grapes will be ready just AFTER he leaves (instead of just before!!)
Not that we planned on a huge harvest this year, but still...
I spent several hours online trying to research all that we'd need to know to make our first batch of wine, as we have some wine making things friends have given us, but I know we'll need to pick up a few other important things from the local cava.
The good news is that almost all the Greeks make their own wine, so we should be able to get what we need without too much trouble.