|The veggie patch in all its glory i.e. none at the moment.|
|The chicks are growing and are now free range - here patroling the perimeter of the veggie patch with mum.|
In the UK I wouldn't dream of planting in the lee of a tree but here people do it successfully all the time. I also have a gazebo and a movable sail which can be positioned to cast shade where needed.
The figs always amaze us... all winter they appear totally dead and suddenly this appears.
So we now have a cherry tree in the middle of the garden, two apples, a pear, a plum, a persimmon, and a peach around the edges and ... a quince just outside the entrance along with an established green fig.
I am a haphazard gardener. I bore quickly and I tire easily so if you give me a huge expanse to dig over I will do a small spot and get something planted before I move on to another small spot. So I have several small spots the edges of which abound with weeds with very little apparent order or sequence to things. But I do have a master plan in my head. I just don't tell anyone in case it doesn't quite come about. The learning curve here may force changes on me anyway.
I have started a few things off... some lettuce, some cucumber (salad days to come!).
A few seeds have gone into starter beds... aubergine (which did really well last year) some chilli peppers and some green peppers and some narrow leafed basil.
|The cucumber and the frame that it will eventually grow up (we hope).|
|The dead grapefruit tree coming to life again.|
I am going to add rosemary and sage and some thyme just to round things out. Some lavender would be nice too. We have some wild spanish lavender on the finca, just not in the veggie plot and last year I tried to move some but it didn't like it and died on me so I may have to buy some cultivated lavender - you would think it would do well here. I thought that about the rosemary, it is after all, a plant for the mediterranean, but it had to be moved into the shade last summer in order to survive.
|Its hard to make out but there is a cherry tree next to that large black pot!|