As I´m setting posts to keep Breo out of the new patch, I have a question. Is this normal? Rhubarb planted last year.
Friday, March 30, 2018
It´s not quite done, though functioning. They´re supposed to be back to put up the rest of the stainless steel covering for the tubing after the holiday weekend. We´ll see.
Hope everyone has a Happy Easter! Stay dry.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
And the tractor guy came and re-tilled the veg/flower patch! It looks fabulous. And we rediscovered the well, which is currently under water. I guess it re-charged.
Now, we´re supposed to get snow and then 2 weeks of rain, again. Spring, how you vex me.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Spain imported 185,2 million euros worth of cut flowers and plants in 2015, flowers sold mostly on occasions such as Valentine´s Day, Mother´s Day and Todos los Santos. The majority of these come through Holland and are shipped in, even if they were grown in Spain originally.
Since the 1990´s, cheap imported flowers from South America and Africa have had an enormous impact on domestic production, both in the US and Europe. Items imported from abroad are not required to meet the same labor and environmental standards as those grown domestically. The flowers in your typical supermarket bouquet, in other words, were likely tended by underpaid laborers exposed to harmful pesticides, preserved with chemicals, and cut days or even weeks earlier.
Needless to say, this is hardly beneficial to local economies or the environment. And, much like the local food movement, Debra Prenzing and the Slow Flower movement have been working to raise awareness in the States of the impact of domestically produced flowers. Their manifesto:
Slow Flowers commits to the following practices:So, should you be of a mind to send someone some lovely flowers for Valentine´s, please consider asking for locally grown, be they American, British or Spanish grown flowers. Grown not flown.
- To recognize and respect the seasons by celebrating and designing with flowers when they naturally bloom
- To reduce the transportation footprint of the flowers and foliage consumed in the marketplace by sourcing as locally as possible
- To support flower farmers small and large by crediting them when possible through proper labeling at the wholesale and consumer level
- To encourage sustainable and organic farming practices that respect people and the environment
- To eliminate waste and the use of chemical products in the floral industry
Flowers from the Farm - UK
American Gown Flowers - CAG United States
Floret Flower Directory - US/Canada/Worldwide
Floritismo - Barcelona area Florist/Farm
FlowrswelcomeHome - Madrid area Florist/Farm
Special mention to Georgie Newbery at Common Farm Flowers in Wincanton, Somerset (I really, really want to go to one of her workshops this year).
Meanwhile, this is what it looked like here this morning. Sigh.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
New year, new goals (some old).
1. Find and refurbish the well out back because...
2. I´m going to try selling some flowers and herbs at the Sunday market. On a very reduced scale, barely 1/8 of an acre at first, and if there´s any potential, grow from there. Gallegos are famous for only spending money on what they can eat, hence the herbs, but these days, who wouldn´t want a little joy in a vase on the kitchen table? And, even if I don´t sell so much as a single stem, all the infrastructure and soil building can be re-directed to veg, and as a bonus we´ll have the prettiest garden in the county. Original Crazy Idea post from way back in 2012 here.
3. Refurbish the barn. I´ll still need a studio and some space for processing the flowers, stow tools, stack firewood, etc.
4. Finish the laundry room/pantry with a sink and a countertop and some shelving. As I gear up for more food preservation, I need room to store more stuff.
5. Get Breo some training. He´s now healthy and strong and acting up on walks again. Also, we´re thinking about getting a second dog to give him someone to play with and tire him out a little. But he´s not a great example of an obedient pet, which is entirely our fault, so some classes and guidance are going to be necessary first before he´s in charge of training a new companion.