About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Monday, 25 January 2010


In her comments Kristina asks about our weather and what time of year we can start working our soil for veggies.

Well we are blessed with general mild weather here compared to most places. All winter we can still grow some cabbage, leeks, turnips etc. I start prearing the land in mid Feb, rik will give the land a once over with the rototiller to chop up any remaining weeds and turn them in, we'll open up the compost heap and spread it around, plus sprinkle on all the wood ash Ive been saving all winter from our log burners . Then we leave it untill maybe mid to end of march depending on how warm it is... I then plant the peas, beans, leeks, cabbage, caulis, onions etc and wait untill im sure there will be no late frosts to catch me out to plant the toms peppers and aubergines and squashes, about mid april usually.
I start my seeds off on our veranda, bringing them inside at night. sometime we'll make cold frames ... just havent got round to it yet.

During the winter we generally get mild frosts during Dec , jan and sometimes feb, and the odd sneaky one in late march early april... but thats as bad as it gets...