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,

Saturday, 18 September 2010

The veggie garden, herman and great progress

Well yesterday we spent a very productive morning down on our main planting level, while we still have the caulis and plenty of cabbage and a few small rows of carrots, the rest is all finished, so we pulled everything, strimmed the weeds  and then Rik went to work with Herman our new cultivator...(well new to us, its ancient but still works well) .what a wonderful thing it is... Rik worked for almost two hours and completely changed the plot. The work would have taken him days of backbreaking effort with our old rototiller, its going to make a remarkable difference to our lives. The place changed from a overgrown mess to a tidy tilled plot all ready for winter planting within the short space of a morning... we are so chuffed !!!

Im now ready to plant the next two dozen cabbage I have, which will come ready for eating by Christmas, Ive also got a packet of swedes Im going to try too.
The Grelos (turnip greens ) will go in a little later.
We are soooooo pleased, we'd never managed to go into winter this well sorted before, it looks so tidy!

Rik will try to get time to have a quick tidy of the orchard too before the winter, again Herman will mean he can till all that within a couple of hours too. This also means we save so much money of fuel. Although we have to use diesel, the short time it takes means we use a tiny amount compared to the old rototiller. So its cheaper and also greener...