11 Sep

Citrus x 8

citrus in berlin

Berlin has an amazing botanical garden and greenhouse. Its well worth a visit. Twice a year there is a huge plant sale. Nurseries from all over Germany sell everything from herbs to bulbs to trees. We picked up 8 baby citruses that will be planted this fall. Right now they are chilling on my balcony in Berlin, dreaming of sandy portuguese loam.

Here are the varieties we found, all of which will be planted on a couple of large terraces that already have mature citrus on it, mostly different orange varieties. Read More

30 Apr

Building a solar pump irrigation system

solar pump irrigation

A part of this land had been terraced decades ago, perhaps even more than a century. The terraces have mature citrus trees, some olives, figs and many grapevines. Three wells are located on these terraces including one large well next to which we installed this irrigation system.

Objectives

To build an autonomous, solar-powered irrigation system that pumps water from an old agricultural well and delivers it to young citrus trees and grapevines on a terrace several meters above the well. The mature citrus in this area is different kinds of oranges, so we planted lemon, lime, tangerine and grapefruit. Read More