chile quinta escondida pomegranates

Autumn

Autumn (April and May) at the Quinta Escondida is a beautiful time, when we get to sprinkle succulent red buttons of pomegranate into our breakfast bowls. The fruit bounty from the garden is unpredictable, but there seems to be a bi-annual cycle of good and bad harvests for each variety, so something is always available.

It is also a time for harvesting almonds and walnuts, just in time to put into my famous chocolate and nut birthday cake!

chile quinta escondida almonds and walnuts

Of course it is also a time of clearing out and preparing for the hoped-for rains of winter, and that includes spreading a generous amount of goat droppings around each and every tree. I prefer horse manure, but the dogs love to eat it and tend to leave unattractive trails all over the garden.

chile quinta escondida goat manure for the garden
A wonderful contribution from Aldo the goat farmer: 20 sacks of droppings.

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