On the land
29 March 2012 @ 21:52
A good time to get into the kitchen garden (huerto or huerta) and put in the parsnips, beetroot and, soon, the onions. Our habas (broad beans) are doing well and already in flower, also the winter lettuces...and it looks as though the imported Bramley apple and Cox have survived well. Lots of green shoots appearing. Also our baby almond trees are shedding their blossom in favour of tiny nuts and the nectarine is alive!! I When it is a bit overcast, it's perfect for gardening. Instead of sweltering under a hot sun, one can work up one's own warmth just by using the spade and a dibber.
We have lots of seeds (a Xmas present) so it is more a case of 'where shall we put these?' than anything else. We have a rotational plan and although we will not bother with potatoes this year, we are giving a few new veggies a go...celeriac, Jerusalem artichokes, maybe some more herbs, fennel...it's all going to be linked to water availability as usual so we have plenty of little tubes running like snakes across the land. I've also put in a white rambling rose near the fence, a blue periwinkle, and the 2 white lilac trees are in leaf, so it's not all practicality. Aesthetics matter too.
On another note, Steve bought some condensed milk so he could use the can for a new mountain stove. Which means that I am checking out condensed milk recipes...I bet some of you just get a spoon and eat it au naturel... next time I will post something delicious here. Perhaps a dish that I can assemble for mountain walking before I leave home - unless it weighs too much of course! Everything has to be ultralite and super efficient these days, if one is going to scale the 3000m plus heights! :)