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Well. I am not happy. I emptied two large white containers today. I fancied some spicy potato wedges for lunch. How many potatoes did I get from the two tubs? Place your bets.....4 small potatoes! Thanks to Hector for his help trying to get the potatoes out, and for eating the potatoes when my back was turned! Instagram post showing the video A week or so later, Hector was sick one evening. I felt so sorry for him. The next morning I checked on my crops to find that he had dug up two pots of freshly planted potatoes, and eaten all 8 of them! They were rotting potatoes that had just started shooting a plant. I was no longer in the mood to feel sorry for Hector!
UPDATED JULY 2020
I've just picked the first of the chillies ready to use in cooking and to freeze. The smaller bulbs (when on the plant) look like pretty Christmas lights, a mix of green, purple, yellow, orange and red. I think the they are called Prairie Fire Pepper and my hubby Scott can vouch for their hotness.They're 9 to 32 times hotter than Jalapeño on the Jalapeño scale!!!! So, Scott, probably not a good idea to pop a whole one in your mouth eh?! Jeez!
The courgettes are growing. Not sure they will do well as I am having to take off dead leaves most days. We will see. The green leaves are coming on well and I am looking forward to having them in my salad. The carrots are just peeking through the soil, It's exciting to see that.
My second attempt at tomatoes are coming on well. I'm not thinning them out for a long while yet. I think I did them way too early last month and may explain them dying over night.... Or it could have been that pesky Locust! My potatoes are flowering, so I don't suppose it will be long before we will be enjoying those! I wonder how many this box will bring? Jackets potatoes, homemade wedges, potato salad, Spanish omlette and veg curry here I come... Hopefully
UPDATED MAY 2020
UPDATED APRIL 2020
I use Aceite de oliva (Olive Oil) a lot in my cooking. I have read that there are over 250 different varieties of olives here in Spain, making them the biggest producer in the whole world (Spain is the second biggest consumer, with Greece beating them). Olive trees have an average lifespan of up to 600 years, so I’m chuffed to recently nurture ones saved from beneath slabs of concrete (their shoots are strong buggers!) Now Spain have 3 more to add to their 300million+ olive trees.
With the high winds that we have experienced lately (normal in this area at this time of year), many of our crop are falling to the ground, either trampled underfoot or eaten by Hector (don’t fret, they are not toxic). They’re edible straight of the tree but are very bitter and have compounds which are ideally better removed… so when I saw our friendly farmer Paco harvesting his olive trees, I invited him to harvest ours too.
Why let all that goodness go to waste! I wasn't expecting anything in return, so It was lovely to recieve 2 LARGE bottles of Aceite de oliva. Yum!
If you make this please DON'T use it on grass areas. It kills grass!! It's ideal on patios.
1 ltr of white vinegar. The higher the acidicity the better (mine was 8%)
1-2 tbsp washing up liquid (helps to coat the leaves)