The fertilizer used is logically manure and it is spread in March or April, when the second soil working is done (bina), so it does not go too deep into the soil and the plant profits from it. Manure is generally mixed, it is a combination of either chicken, sheep´s, pig´s (very strong) manure with mule´s or cow´s (softer).
It also depends on the vegetable we are cultivating, for example for potatoes the best is donkey or cow manure because thanks to the straw in it the soil will be looser and the tuber will grow in better conditions. Manure is spread in the huerta in April but it is done throughout the year. We get it from “ zahurdas” (stable for animals), we turn over manure once in a while so it is fermented and properly mixed.
Once the land is prepared and manure is spread, Soon after we have to build the irrigation system for the vegetables. To be continued,…
As you can see this is a traditional agriculture system that fits perfectly in what today we define as permaculture: “ecologic principles derived from observation of natural sysyems”.
With walk tentudia holidays we look forward to share with you some little secrets about these mediterranean habitats of Dehesa, Sierra agroecosystems.