Today it stopped raining at last and the sun made an effort to come out. We’d almost forgotten what a delightful spot this is when the sun shines. Because it was pleasant outdoors, we decided to do some work on our field which borders the river below the house. The tree in the foreground is one of our impressive old walnuts. This area is renowned for the fertility of its soil, so we should have a good crop
We have been pondering what to do with this field for quite a while. First of all, we decided we would like a variety of fruit trees. Bare rooted trees seem to do better than the potted ones and this is the best time of year to buy and plant them. During January and February most viveros sell fruit trees with bare roots for about 4.50 euros. These are much cheaper than the potted ones which are over 8 euros. We have started by planting 18 trees including peaches, nectarines, apples, pears and cherries.
We also need to grow vegetables so have begun making sowings of carrots, spinnach, broad beans and peas. It is a little late for planting broad beans so we are hoping they will not become plagued with black fly.
Once we can get our hands on a rotavator we will do some more serious planting. The soil is much richer than the dry, stony soil at our old cortijo in the mountains of Los Guajares but it is extremely difficult to work at the moment as, after all the rain, it has the consistency of heavy, wet clay.
We will look for some seed potaoes and garlic to plant as soon as possible and some brocolli and cauliflower seedlings but will have to wait until April before we can plant tomatoes, peppers, melons, squashes, aubergines and salad varieties.