May 2017

Newly planted baby leaf mix, arugula, mustard and other brassica leaves to use in salads.
Brotes de Mix de hojas baby, rucula, mostaza y otras brassicas recién plantadas y para usar en ensaladas.

Hello! Time for an update. Believe it or not it has actually been pretty quiet here since February and I am reeeeeally enjoying the absence of emergencies. This has translated into somewhat of a lag. Or maybe that is just normal “tempo” of life. Either way, I am really enjoying it and I feel much, much better now. I am still spending a lot of time working on the new vegetable garden in addition to the old smaller vegetable garden. The last months I have been trying to sort out the watering, or rather trying to decide how to sort it out. Finally I had to bring in a specialist because we cannot make the outlet from the main pipe because you need special tools for that. Turns out he has experience in the subject so I basically ended up leaving it up to him. Now we are waiting for the pipes, tubes, etc to arrive. It is probably the most cost efficient solution though not necessarily the cheapest…

Given that I now have a new job my life obviously revolves around that. So I try to wake up early and get myself out and to the field before the kids wake up in order to get something done in the morning. Sometimes I manage, others not. But I am my own boss and I am only responsible for greens that neither talk, crave nor expect anything from me so I guess it’s ok to oversleep or play lazy every now and then. The rest of the day goes to either continue working the land (or start doing it if I was lazy earlier) in addition to the usual mother/housewife stuff that needs to be done. The land working part involves lots of weeding and moving earth, sowing various seeds, some transplanting and more weeding and soil moving. Like I mentioned before, the soil is not so súper so I try to gain some depth by making “hills” (I still have not managed to find out the english word for “cantero”) after loosening and cleaning the desired area. It is taking a while because I basically have to start by preparing land from scratch every time I want to gain more space. Except of course for the newly cleared area that was done by machines. But then again, weeds are surely faster than me and it did not take long for them to reclaim whatever soil was left bare. So first I desperately covered almost all of the “hills” with hay and then I started trying to gain control of the perimeter around them. By then the grass had already advanced so I am slowly pulling it out and immediately sowing oats hoping they will out compete the grass and that I can use the cuttings as green manure. I have now nearly covered the whole of the perimeter with an approx 1 meter wide “bed” of oats, plus all three “streets” in between the 4 different rectangles. What is left is mainly my freelance area where I am still not completely sure what I will do. Most likely it will take shape eventually with not so much conscious planing, sort of like everything in my life.

THE FAMOUS POTATOS!!!
LAS FAMOSAS PAPAS!!!

The potatoes are doing good and the newly transplanted coliflower, broccoli and kale too. I am sowing new of these regularly in order to be able to have a continuous supply afterwards since these will mainly be for sale. The ants are giving the onions quite a rough time (not to mention all the baby leaf salads that did not even manage to grow more than barely visible before they were gone) and I had trouble getting the first batch of cabbage to germinate so those are a bit delayed but the leeks, fava beans, peas, carrots and mangold seem to be doing fine. As soon as I have the irrigation system up and running I will plant much more. From last years sowing we are now harvesting lots of pumpkins (to Magnus’s great joy), sweet potatoes, leeks, arugula, zucchini, and given the fantastic warm autumn, we are still enjoying the most amazing tomatoes. All in all I have to say that this food growing adventure of mine is going pretty well.

This is what your hügelkultur can look like when you start working on it after maaaaaany months of neglect.
Esto es lo que pasa cuando tenés que volver a trabajar en tu hügelkultur después de abandonarlo por muuuuucho tiempo.

The end I already fixed and plantes carrots on and what I was working on yesterday plus what’s waiting ahead.
La punta que ya había arreglado y plantado zanahorias y detrás lo que estoy haciendo ahora más lo que queda por hacer.

The only thing flowering is chia. This is the only plant out of many that survived the ants.
La chia es lo único que está floreciendo. Esta es la única, de unas decenas de plantas, que sobrevivió a las hormigas.

Potatoes and corn out – onions in
Salen papas y maíz – entran cebollas

Fava beans! Planted these a bit early, just a test. I’ll sow more soon.
Habas. Intentando plantar extra temprano a modo de prueba. Después plantaré más.

Sunday work camp. They got to choose between moving car tyres or weeding (or playing of course)
Domingos de trabajo. Podían elegir entre mover cubiertas o desmalezar (o jugar por supuesto)

Benny. Always following us and enjoying one of his various beds while we work.
Benny que nos sigue a todos lados y disfruta de sus diferentes camitas que tiene en los diferentes puestos de trabajo mientras nosotros trabajamos.

Almost totally cleared veggie patch. Only the asparagus and some few pumpkins are left. The rest will rest. On the outside of the fence are the baby leaves.
La huertita casi completamente despejada para un descanso. Dejé los espárragos y algunas calabazas. Por fuera de la reja está el mix de hojas baby.

4 Comments

  1. too bad you can’t have pet anteaters! I wonder if in English the “hills” are called “mounds”… that’s what comes to mind.

  2. Enjoying the update. Making hills is called “hyppe” i Norwegian, atleast back in the days. Sort og like “froskemensføtter”, the term is lost over time.

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