From Spain

Introduce Yourself

Hi, I'm Valeria, I have recently moved with my family from a flat in central Barcelona to a house with a garden in the outskirts of the city, in a place surrounded by forest and nature. It's a natural park and the biodiversity is just astonishing (or maybe I'm willing to be astonished by it). We're all loving this! I have started planting stuff (potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.) this spring, then I discovered the Future Learn course almost by chance and I'm struggling to finish it but also enjoying it enormously. I am also happy to take part in the experiment, so here I am. These last few weeks time has been scarce, but I hope to have more of it in the upcoming weeks.

The soil here is a mystery to me. It seems to be composed mostly of crushed slate and yet it is incredibly fertile, at least judging by the amount of wild plants growing around us. There is a lot of natural compost/mulch/whatever, of course, as "crop" after "crop" of wild plants grow and die week after week (it's all buttercups or borage for a few weeks, then thistle seems to take over, then ... something else). In my garden everything seems to grow ok, so far, and I've only noticed some aphids in my rose bushes and my beans (not the experiment ones, which are still in a bag waiting to be planted). Ladybirds are on their way to help us with that!


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