20 May 2020

The vegetable garden 2020

One of the tasks that begins when spring arrives, especially with the month of May, is the work in the vegetable garden. Having a vegetable garden is a hobby that our father loves as it allows him to enjoy himself a natural environment. However, this hobby requires a lot of time because there are many and varied tasks to perform. The vegetable garden provides us with fresh vegetables from July until September, so we practice the consumption of proximity and have fresh products of maximum quality throughout the summer.

We have now carried out tasks of soil preparation and planting. As you can see in our pictures, the soil has been prepared with the cultivator. Besides, a good dose of manure has been poured to help the plants grow quickly and the metal structure (cage) has been installed, there the plants will be supported when they grow (especially the tomato plants). After that, we have planted tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, pumpkins, etc. The next tasks will be to set up the irrigation system and to continue planting other types of vegetables.

We will update the post as we do the different tasks and the plants grow... if anyone wants to try the products, we'll be waiting for you here.

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13 May 2020

Mowing days

The farms in those areas where there are cattle (goats, sheep, cows,...) have been in full activity for a few weeks to mow the fodder that they will later be used to feed the animals. On this occasion, our friends César Rivera (from Calera y Chozas - Toledo) and José Vicente (Cuenca) have sent us some photos of their mowing and baling work... the common factor that joins them is the Pöttinger Novacat mower. The mower used by José Vicente is the Novacat 351 Alpha-Motion and César's equipment is more complete because he has a front mower and a rear mower suspended. José Vicente has the farm only a few kilometres from the city of Cuenca, so going there and seeing the mower working with the beautiful city of Cuenca on the horizon is a luxury that not many people can enjoy these days.

The work with this type of machine is quite fast. Regarding to José Vicente overview, the working speed is 18 km/h (in alfalfa, vetch or pulse vegetables in general) and 15 km/h in oats or triticale ... therefore, you can mow about 30 ha in a working day with the mower of 3.5 meters working width. The mower is adjusted in a floating position and it is also adapted perfectly to the ground. If the field is well prepared so that there are no stones, you can enjoy mowing at high speed. The mower works at 1,000 r.p.m. PTO and has a speed multiplier that allows the discs to work in perfect conditions with a very large crop flow. At the high working speed we have mentioned and working the blades at ground level, the cut is perfect.

The roller conditioner can also be incorporated, which in the case of alfalfa allows us to make a much faster dehydration. If the roller conditioner is used it can be baled in about 2 days (when the forage has less than 15º of humidity). If the roller conditioner is not used, the wait can be up to a week. This is the case with oats, which the mowing is already done with some grain, in order not to crush the grain, the roller conditioner is not activated.

In future articles we will show you how these forages are used to feed the animals... We're sure it will be very interesting.

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29 April 2020

Rainy spring... beautiful crops

If we could go out in the field today we'd see some beautiful crops. The crops are in full growth thanks to the abundant rains of the past winter and current spring (it has rained about 200mm since the beginning of the year), so the prospects are that we will have a good harvest. Anyway, we still cannot ensure anything because there are still many nights left a hailstorm or a night frost... we'll have to contract a good insurance policy if we want to sleep peacefully. As you can see in our pictures, barley, wheat, peas, vetches, lentils, etc. everything is fantastic and even the garlic has needed practically no irrigation.

During this month we've been rolling in our Eston lentils. The aim is for the soil to be compacted so that the root can perform its function without any problems and also so that the fields where there are stones can be hidden a little so that the harvester combines can work properly. The pulse vegetables are plants that don't have much height, so the harvester combine needs to work a few centimetres from the ground and that is very complicated if there are stones.

We've also been working with the olive grove. Since we finished the last irrigations and treatments in October, we have done practically nothing, so we already had work to do. Five are the tasks that we have done during these last days: pruning, crush pruning waste, tying young olives to the canes, sprouting treatment to all the olive trees and harrowing to kill the weeds.

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