Just one hour from Seville arriving to Tentudia region, Ranch Biensevive and its organized holiday walkings you will be overwhelmed by beautiful scenery but above all by countryside local knowledge.
I call it “micro tourism” (to have access to local knowledge and experiences) Ranch Biensevive brings back to live traditional vegetable garden (huerta) agroecosystem. Most vegetable production arrives in summer season. Planting starts in spring and fruits come throughout summer. Before planting we have to prepare the land, with one previous soil working to oxygenate it and take off unwanted grass and later on another one to level the ground and leave it in the best planting conditions.
The first soil working (“alza”, meaning to remove soil upwards) in Sierra Tentudia is done in February and it is used the plough (carried with donkey). The second soil working is in march or april (“bina”, meaning in latin second), depending on each year raining weather conditions, although this time plough is introduced less deep inside soil (“menos tiro”).
At this time depending of types of soil it is also used “la máquina” (made of heavy iron sticks and wood) to break clods and level the ground Besides working the soil it is so important to fertilize it, because although vegetable gardens are located in fertile areas, with very rich soil, it is intensive cultivation, planting every year, and soil needs nutrients.