I don’t have any green house, I like my veggies to grow under the sun so they get beautiful colour and amazing taste. We have that in Spain so I must make the most out of it.
The sun is shinning outside, the kids are playing around and I am sitting in my dinning room (that’s what happens when farming. Once I started working outdoor, paperwork got boring and I never find the time to do so but it is necessary too). It’s been raining quite a lot the past 10 days so while I wait for the land to dry and therefore be able to start seeding the veggies for next season, I finalise the field distribution.
I start thinking of the organisation in the field. The amount of plants and which varieties I will be growing. It is not as easy as it may look, crops rotation is one of the most important things in ecological farming. Since we do not use any chemical products this is how we control plagues or diseases and how we keep our land clean and healthy.
I grow plants of different families and alternate them within cycles. Different plants need different nutrients from the land. What some plants absorbe others provide so a good rotation is the main key to a successful harvest.
I divide the field in 4 different areas.
I am thinking to grow strawberries and berries in one of those. I love baking and cakes should come out wonderful with those. Another sector will be occupied by tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. Two varieties of beans. Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. The third will contain leeks and onions. Lettuce. Spinach. And the last one will grow potatoes, pumpkins, zucchinis and cucumbers.
While I organise all these, I imagine the results; all the green lines with the veggies growing. The feeling of harvesting the results to all these hard work and the joy in the kitchen while cooking them. I can already feel the taste of our wonderful veggies! 🍆🍅
I can’t wait to get to the field and make my hands dirty! 🙌 Let the countdown begin…
Photography by Mercè Rial