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Winter veg garden

A day in the life of…


…our vegetable garden!

There it was, sitting undisturbed. The bees buzz gently about. The sun shines. All is well with its world until…chaos hits in the form of the residents of Casa Tyr!

That’s right, I’m a bit giddy after standing for hours bent in half, weeding the garden. It’s not good to have all the blood rushing to your head, that’s for sure!

We knew the garden would be bad – we had had a week of showery weather, followed by 2 days of warm sunshine. And oh man, were we right! Looking at the brassicas, onions, garlic and seedlings, you could hardly see the plants for the weeds. There was nothing for it but to dig in (geddit? har har)

So dig in we did. I started weeding the tender seedlings by hand, while Kenton tackled the brassicas with his hoe. Then I followed behind him weeding close to the plants. And after that? We weeded around the fruit trees (plum, cherry, peach, pear) and the soft fruit (blackberries and raspberries). It took several hours of literally back-breaking work, but now our garden is back to its usual stunning self.

The dogs helped by usually staying out of the way, except for the occasional run across the rows of vegetables, always good for a chase and a yell from us!

Winter veg garden

Winter vegetables at Casa Tyr

At the end of our morning, we felt it was a job well done. In a few week’s time, we’ll be handsomely rewarded with caulis, broccoli, cabbage and  more.

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

3 thoughts on “A day in the life of…

  1. Your garden looks amazing! I love being able to work hard in my garden and grow my own food, so satisfying!


    • Hi Anne-Marie, thanks for posting! You are right, it is so gratifying to grow your own food! I can now relax and not worry so much, because all the little seeds and plants are up and growing well! Next planting will be the summer veg – corn, tomatoes, herbs, peppers, okra, melons and so on. Can’t wait to be tasting it!


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