Being able to grow our own fruit and vegetables at La Rosilla, was always top on our agenda when we moved here. We have had huge learning curves, successes and disasters on the produce front, mostly weather related and getting used to the seasons and rugger mountain soil.
Last year unfortunately I was unable to manage my large plot, due to a back injury, so I had to watch it go to seed and weed – I did plant a mini plot just by the backdoor, for lettuces, herbs,radishes and peas, so we have still been able to enjoy fresh picked goodies.
This year I’m happy to say, with the help of my young Spanish vecino (neighbour) a day’s hard graft and load of the finest mule and goat manure, our patch was back to it’s former glory and was ready for planting.
Nellie and myself have planted and sown, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, courgettes, beetroot, french beans and mange tout, watermelon, peppers red and green, aubergines and carrots. The herb section has fortunately stood the test of time and neglect, so our lemon balm, oregano, thyme & sage are romping away nicely.
Nellie has her own area, that she will tend and nurture & pick.
We also have some new members of the family, 4 more happy hens, clucking and scratching and enjoying a life of free wanderings.