Sunday, 11 December 2016
Just watched this video narrated/orchestrated by Leonardo di Caprio about the important issue of climate change. Important viewing!! This is a trailer ...
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Rosie and Louise, two volunteers with Wwoof and Workaway arrived around the same time - beginning of November. Rosie is an English horticulture graduate with a passion for organic vegetable growing and Louise is taking a break from an art and education undergraduate degree course.
|Rosie posing with a yacon bulb. One of|
the first things we did was to harvest
the yacon plants that had turned black
with the first frosts. They have an
unusual flavour - a cross between a
potato and water chestnut and can
give you wind!!
|Loads of apples that we harvested |
|Rosie and Louise in the kitchen.|
|Our small medlar crop ... an unusual ancient fruit that|
is a little fiddly to eat but has an interesting flavour -
kind of somewhere between banana and ... not
sure what .....
|Here is the young medlar tree|
Mespilus germanica. A couple
of years old now.
|Rosie clearing around the asparagus|
plants - they'd got rather swamped
with edible marigolds ....
|Louise, a novice in the garden, learned|
loads working with Rosie ...
|Creating in the kitchen with garden weeds.|
|They worked hard to clear an area of forest|
garden around the round garden - harvesting
edibles, digging out brambles and other 'weeds'
and planting herbs and fruit bushes and finally
mulching with straw and leaves.
|Rosie worked wonders in the|
greenhouse. She created
raised beds on both sides and
transplanted some vegetables
into the garden.
|Great job!! "I didn't realise it |
was so easy to make a raised bed"
|Placing one of the stones ....|
|Rosie and Louise did a fantastic job adding stones|
to the terrace - a slow and meticulous job!!
Thank you both for all your help - you have transformed the garden, made huge headway with the terrace, made jam and chutney and learned lots about permaculture.
Good luck Rosie with your exciting future - to grow organic food ... somewhere, somehow ... at a crucial time for our ailing planet ... what a noble pursuit.
Bon continuation to you Louise - have fun and learn loads on your wwoofing adventures for next year.