As I came back to Cittanova after the Christmas-time I have got a few pleasant gifts from the Land:
both grapefruit-trees were full of ripe fruits, that due to the strong wind and to their weight were the most already fallen down.
And still enough unripe fruits were on the trees, to hope that they could satisfy the demand of 2-3 people during the few months winter.
On my balcony, in addiction, the small kumquat-tree is full of small tangerines in shape of big orange olives, that after and after are getting ripe.
The first half of januay it seems to have rained a lot, but until the last week of the month was the weather sunny and mild, so it happend in those days to see a strange mushroom, that looks like Jew’s ears (edible) but probably is not.
It is also time, slowly to beginn with plowing the areas with vegetables, and happens to find inside the earth things that you have forgotten to have planted, like red potatoes.
On the balcony like everywhere in the free envoronment the nature didn’t fall asleep: the bulbs of daffodil gave unexpected pretty flowers,
while in another pot were growing up protected from the icy mountain breeze fenugreek and spontaneous chicken-weed ,which took overall the space of cres.
In the same pot grew up very well a plant of broad bean.
This is also the right time to plant some tree-seed; this year I collected a lot of seed of different trees, in order to enrich the number of trees among the olive trees without to touch the wallet (and even if touched… no money to spend inside it!)
A list of plants that I hope to obtain almost for free (it needs only patience and water):
carrubo (Ceratonia siliqua), fejoa, lemon-tree/orange-tree, quince-tree, olive-tree, apple/peer-tree, sorb-tree, cherry-tree, stone pine.