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Crops at Azores

The flora of the Azores is one of the most interesting in Europe. About sixty kind of plants are unique

January

"A cold January and a rainy February makes a beautiful year"

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What to sow?
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • radishes
  • lettuces
  • beans
  • peas
  • carrots
  • spinach
What to plant?
  • garlic
  • spinach
What to reap?
  • cabbage
  • spinach
Other tasks:
  • Install nurseries from shrubs
  • Plow hard soils for sowing
  • Prepare the land - clean and torn
  • Apply quicklime if the land is acidic
  • Trim, shave and gravel the walking paths
  • Throw lupine on new plots
  • Trim vineyards

February

"In February, comes out the muck"

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What to sow?
  • oats
  • barley
  • maize
  • melons (pots)
  • watermelons (pots)
  • bell peppers
  • cucumbers (pots)
  • tomatoes
  • celery
  • radishes
  • coriander
  • parsley
  • onions
What to plant?
  • potatoes
  • onions
  • strawberries
  • asparagus
  • artichokes
  • types of cabbages
What to reap?
  • turnips
  • carrots
Other tasks:
  • Plant and prune rose bushes
  • Clear the land between trenches
  • Prune the vines
  • Start fertilizing the land

March

"When March comes breezy, April arrives rainy"

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What to sow?
  • peas
  • beans
  • carrots
  • turnips
  • pumpkins
  • lentils
  • lettuces
  • celery
  • radishes
  • parsley
What to plant?
  • beets
  • celery
  • lettuce
  • onions
What to reap?
  • onion
  • chives
  • radish
  • parsley
Other tasks:
  • Combat slugs, snails and mildew of the vineyards
  • Prepare pots for flowers
  • Prune the vines
  • Clean the farm soil
  • Shear the sheep

April

"When April is cold and wet, fills the barn and quenches the cattle"

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What to sow?
  • beans
  • clover
  • beet
  • corn
  • cress
  • thyme
  • lettuces
  • carrots
  • chicory
  • coriander
  • cumin
  • chard
  • cabbage (all sorts)
  • potatoes
What to plant?
  • beets
  • celery
  • lettuce
  • onions
What to reap?
  • onion
  • lettuce
  • peas
Other tasks:
  • Hoe already born corn
  • Prune the vines
  • Muck the land for planting
  • Cut new growing cucumber flowerets

May

"When May arrives, those who did not plow, they must plow"

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What to sow?
  • maize intercropped with beans
  • continue with April seeds
What to plant?
  • sweet potato
  • forraginous beet
What to reap?
  • beans
  • barley
  • oats
  • wheat
  • early seeds for flowers
Other tasks:
  • Clean the ground thoroughly
  • Apply cupric mix in potato lands
  • Fill and ensile forage
  • Cut new growing cucumber flowerets
  • Water crops early in the morning, if necessary

June

"High or low hay, in June is unsighted"

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What to sow?
  • lettuce
  • cauliflower
  • corn
  • beans
What to plant?
  •  - 
What to reap?
  • peas
  • chickpeas
  • onions
  • beans
  • garlic
  • celery
  • potatoes
Other tasks:
  • Hoe, weed and water all soil
  • Spray tomato plants with organic fungicides
  • Water strawberries regularly
  • Produce hay
  • Extract honey
  • Spread plants by root cuttings
  • Make all the loons from new flowerets

July

"In July you will do everything, only your green you will not reap"

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What to sow?
  • last few millets and the last turnips for forage
  • autumn lettuces
  • spinach
  • carrots
  • turnips
  • radishes
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • peanuts
What to plant?
  •  - 
What to reap?
  • potatoes
  • beans
  • onions
  • garlic
Other tasks:
  • Fertilize corn, potatoes, beans and melons
  • Treat mildew and other pests
  • Hoe watermelons and melons
  • Prepare winepress and all the accessories

August

"Who sleeps in August sun goes through grief"

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What to sow?
  • watercress
  • lettuce (romana)
  • onions
  • winter cabbage
  • chicory
  • radishes
  • beets
  • peas
  • green beans
  • celery
  • spinach
What to plant?
  • lettuce
  • chicory
  • onions
What to reap?
  • soybeans
  • beans
  • sunflower
  • pumpkin
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • bell peppers
  • beets
  • ...
Other tasks:
  • Do fallows and preparatory harvests for the next sowing
  • Start the harvest at the end of the month
  • Graft the roses
  • Water the crops in the morning

September

"September that fills the barn gives triumph to the farmer"

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What to sow?
  • onions
  • sour lettuce
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • coriander
  • radishes
  • watercress
  • peas
  • beans
  • mustard
  • turnips
  • parsley
  • green beans
What to plant?
  • corn
  • beans
  • potatoes
  • ...
What to reap?
  • corn
  • beans
  • potatoes
  • ...
Other tasks:
  • Continue all tasks like harrowing, weeding, rolls, fertilizing
  • Open drains for autumn-winter crops
  • Fertilize the land
  • Weed the gardens
  • Harvest flower seeds
  • Water the crops early if necessary

October

"In October, be careful: save bread, save seeds"

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What to sow?
  • grains
  • lettuce
  • lentils
  • cabbage
  • coriander
  • radishes
  • spinach
  • peas
  • onions
  • watercress
  • turnips
What to plant?
  • asparagus
  • cabbage
  • beetroot
  • strawberries
  • garlic
What to reap?
  • corn
  • beans
  • potatoes
  • ...
Other tasks:
  • Repair the fences, keep the walls straight and check the gates
  • Treat the manure
  • Land preparation for the next crops
  • Eliminate bad herbs (nettles)
  • Protect crops from snails and slugs
  • Prune the rose bushes and other early temporary surfacing weeds

November

"Dig deep in November to plant in January"

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What to sow?
  • beans
  • some forage (clover, ryegrass, lucerne, etc.)
  • lettuce
  • cabbage
  • garlic
  • onions
What to plant?
  •  - 
What to reap?
  • corn
  • beans
  • potatoes
  • ...
Other tasks:
  • Prune rose bushes
  • Fight bugs and pests
  • Oversee wine production

December

"Cold December, warmth in the summer"

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What to sow?
  • beans
  • sweet peas
What to reap?
  • cabbage
  • beans
  • peas
  • turnips
  • lettuce
What to plant?
  • cauliflower
  • cabbage
  • lettuce
  • broccoli
  • radishes
  • beans
  • peas
Other tasks:
  • Continue all tasks
  • Apply manures and all the correctives to prepare the soil
  • Prepare fields and land
  • Prune rose bushes and other shrubs
  • Make inventory

 

Seasons

Weather takes an extensive roll regarding crops. Learn everything you want to know about seasons and the weather at the Azores.

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