Bigyin's Blog (8)

Expansion

So we now knew that we could actually grow plants in our “soil”. The first crops were a bit sickly partly due to the soil and somewhat irregular watering with a hose pipe. Other pests started to appear, amongst them, slugs, snails, ants and Portugese millipedes. Admittedly the latter two didn’t seem to be detrimental to the plants but they made the maintenance somewhat unpleasant at times. This was added to by flies (including sand flies), mosquitoes, wasps (more of those later) and the ever… Continue

Added by Bigyin on July 5, 2009 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Healthy Eating

Just received this from a friend. If it causes any offence I'll gladly remove it.



In the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, with green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.



Then using God's bountiful gifts, Satan created Dairy Ice Cream and Magnums. And Satan said, 'You want hot fudge with that? And Man said, 'Yes!' And Woman said, 'I'll have one too with chocolate chips'.… Continue

Added by Bigyin on October 22, 2008 at 18:39 — 2 Comments

The Vegetable Garden

As we were still somewhat overwhelmed by the scale of the challenge, we decided that a vegetable patch would be the sensible thing to start with. This would enable us to test the viability of the soil and also obviate the necessity for any design skills which neither of us pretend to be endowed with.





Each swing of the pickaxe penetrated about six inches so I dug a couple of square metres to this depth, removed the spoil to one side… Continue

Added by Bigyin on October 22, 2008 at 16:30 — 3 Comments

It's Soil Jim, but not as we know it !!.

It was now time to get cultivating. The first job was to examine the soil and decide how to make it productive. To call it soil is somewhat of an overstatement. It's a red, sandy and very stony substance that you would normally drive on in this area.





Ever the optimist, Margaret collected a sample and tested it with the little litmus type kit she'd bought with her from UK (bless !!). She declared that all was OK as it tested alkaline… Continue

Added by Bigyin on October 15, 2008 at 18:32 — No Comments

Solutions

Prior to attempting anything that might be construed as "constructive", we'd realised that having walked round the "Estate" a few times, there was quite a bit of attractive vegetation that was either growing wild, was left over from the days when it was a nursery or had been deliberately planted by previous occupants. This included various varieties of lavender, the usual Rosemary and Thyme etc. Margaret frequently fills vases with wild flowers she finds on site in the season.…



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Added by Bigyin on October 15, 2008 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

Challenges

We moved to the property in December 2005. It was very cold, neither of the gas fired instant water heaters worked and although we had a 14KW log burning stove, we'd left it too late to acquire any logs as these tend to start selling in about September. Ironically, our nearest neighbour to the West (Jose Maria) had suffered considerable damage to his orange trees from snow the previous winter. The upshot was that he decided to replant, and the week before we moved in, had burned all the trees… Continue

Added by Bigyin on October 15, 2008 at 0:18 — 3 Comments

I thought Rice came from China ?



(What's he on about now ?)



Well it does, as well as many other countries in the Far East and elsewhere, but I'd guess that not everybody puts the words Rice and Spain together as a matter of course.



The Spanish consume an average of about 8 Kilos of rice per head per… Continue

Added by Bigyin on October 11, 2008 at 14:30 — No Comments

When is a Gardener not a Landscaper ?

Perhaps when he's a Groundsman ? It's difficult to differentiate by using the Wikipedia definitions.



Do we care ?



In my profile, I describe myself as a Wilderness Tamer !! I suppose that from time to time I adopt the role of all four titles. The "Plantsperson" of the family is Margaret. She knows all about petals and stamens and stuff. I assist her in preparing the sites for her endeavors so I suppose I'm her groundsman.



The remainder of my horticultural… Continue

Added by Bigyin on October 8, 2008 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

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