Our Orto (allotment) is now raring to get off to a good start this year. According to our catasto (land survey ownership plan) we’ve got nine bits of land scattered about. Most of them are in the forest, a little distance away, and I still can’t make out their exact position.
Fortunately, we have two fields that are just a short walk from our house. They did require considerable clearing of brambles when we first started on them in 2007 but they are now looking a lot more presentable. As they are termed agricultural a land tax is payable for them, unlike the forest bits.
I particularly love our little bit of territory at this time of year when the fruit trees are full of blossoms.
Yesterday I started to prepare an area of soil for planting. Those grasses have really deep roots but they must be got rid of.
I think I’ll keep the toms where they were last year. I’ve been advised to wait another couple of weeks before planting them.
The water reservoir needs a bit of filling up, however. Just a little bit of rain please!
Fortunately, our thousand-litre tank is full to the brim. Perhaps we should get another one as last year we truly had a drought.
I think the sacrecrow needs a bit of attention after the winter winds. However, he still looks pretty scarey!
The cardoons, as ever, have survived the winter.
There are some sweet wood anemones replacing the daffs.
The shed (every man should have his own shed in my opinion) is looking OK.
Essential supplies have been kept in a secret location.
I’ve mown our grass tennis (badminton really) court but haven’t put up any net so far.
The trees are still busy sprouting out their leaves so there’s not very much shade at present although the views remain beautifully extended.
I replaced the pansies with geraniums yesterday, too.
The olives have withstood winter bravely and we hope to collect a few more this year (we’re talking about November).
There’s nothing like spending a pleasant spring afternoon in one’s allotment, especially before the summer heat starts up in June.