We needed to get to a base point before we can start to develop the farm in a way that we can maintain and use it in a way that suites our way of living. We think we are nearly at that point.
We have had the irrigation system installed and it seems to be working well, we have attached the feeding tubes to vine runs, although the vines are old and there are many gaps in the runs, we can sort that next year with some new vines, there has been no point until now as we are not there enough to be able to take care of any new plantings, at least now they will get watered, hopefully that will be ok. We still need to settle the feeds to the fruit trees but we are getting there. The olive trees are really well established and extremely hardy so they are fine.
We still have some re-landscaping of the land where we joined the two plots together, when it does rain, it does rain and the water running across the land is running wrong, it is running across the land and missing the natural stream/s so can cause some flooding on the farm (not the house) and it can make its way onto the neighbour’s farm, which is not good. So we need to get that resolved.
We have agreed what needs to be done with the contractor and also agreed the price, we are now just waiting for him to come with his team. He did say September, but we are well through September now, so I guess it’s a typical Portuguese September!!
The plan for our next trip is to get the watering system settled a bit more, prune the vines for the year and re-post some of the runs. We did about 10 of them last year, but one needs some attention and see if we can re-post and wire the runs up on the top terrace. That way hopefully they should all be prepared for replanting in the spring.
Are you going in for automatic irrigation ?We started planting up our garden this June and intend establishing a new fruit and nut orchard when we return in November .I have bought Hozelock controllers which water the new plants twice a day .
Oh yes – we have a 6 Station system in around the house to maximise pressure, I cant remember the make its something like “Rain Bird” and a single station unit for the main fruit/vine farm area. I think the make for the farm is a “Hunter” .
I have just started looking at the hozelock system for our house in the UK, looks like it will fit the bill as well, as they say!