En la huerta

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’ Mark Twain

It’s been two months since we threw off the bowlines and started our new adventure in Asturias. It already seems like much longer! As far as our gardening exploits go, much at best can be described as emergency digging, planting and hoping. Next year, we should be far more organised . . . and yet, nature’s bounty never fails to amaze me. We already have more food in the garden than we know what to do with and the promise of so much more to come. What a simple pleasure: plant it, pick it, eat it! Come into la huerta and take a look.


The peas have been slow, but well worth the wait – so sweet!


Dwarf bean ‘Tendergreen’ lives up to its name. We are eating them every day.


The dwarf borlotti beans are starting to show colour.


The four courgette plants Β – two different varieties – just love it here.


The courgette flowers are huge!


Do you fancy a dark green courgette . . .


. . . or a yellower striped one?


The cucumber plants are almost at the top of their poles . . .


. . . and fruiting well.


The lettuce selection – part one.


Part two (two varieties for the price of one).


Part three: how many lettuces do two people need?


Part four: Little Gem.


Part five: endive.


Flowers and tiny fruits forming on the peppers.


Onions and leeks.


The carrots are a bit sparse – but the ones that made it are going well.


Baby beetroot.


The tallest coriander I’ve ever grown!


The squash plants are officially out of control.


On tonight’s menu . . .


French marigold – a good companion plant . . .


. . . and here’s another. Happy gardening! πŸ™‚


6 thoughts on “En la huerta

  1. It’s definitely bean country where you are! Mine have just started to flower, we’re still finishing off the broad beans in the meantime. Your salad selection looks just about right for two people. Great that all the veg is off to such a good start after the slug menace early on. You can probably overwinter all kinds of veg there. What about fruit other than kiwis?


  2. Yes, it will be interesting to see what overwinters here. I’ve planted more beans (!), carrots, fennel, winter radish, komatsuna and two types of kale – it might be a bit late but as it will stay mild all through the autumn, it’s worth a go. Other than kiwis we have peaches, figs, two types of plum and pears. We have plans to plant apples and citrus fruit in the autumn, the lemon trees locally are fantastic.


  3. Our internet is dreadful at the mo so many pics of your new Spanish abode are not showing…do however see the ever bountiful courgettes. I am envious of Roger’s hill runs I sustained a bad knee injury last June and had to stop running for six months – I was advised to keep to the flat to avoid torque on my knees and so far it’s paid off yesterday was my 103rd 5K of 2016. I’ve got a good flat(ish) route right outside the door. Funny you should mention ‘Tendergreen’ French Beans I just posted on Sonja’s blog how they haven’t performed – must be my pathetic soil I’ve just had to compost a whole crop of non performing onions and turnips! That’s the great thing about gardening no two years ever the same….


  4. Oh my goodness, if you’re anything like Roger an injury like that must have driven you mad. 103 5ks so far this year can’t be bad, though – you’ve obviously made a brilliant recovery! I’ve started running again after a long break (I want to do a half marathon next year), it’s such hard work here and I don’t have Roger’s enthusiasm or discipline but I suppose if I keep at it, flat runs will be easy! Or maybe I’m just kidding myself . . . Our French beans were complete rubbish last year, I think we’re just benefiting from living in Bean World here. Shame about the onions and turnips, but you’re right – no two years the same (and wouldn’t it be dull if they were?) πŸ™‚


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