Our Little Thing - Creating A Sustainable Lifestyle In Patagonia

Creación de un estilo de vida sostenible en Patagonia  パタゴニアでサステイナブルな暮らし作り

At the moment we have three places where we are planting and harvesting. The North garden which features, ten terraces and two ponds, with just three terraces planted at this moment, the south garden, where our earthbag polytunnel and future duck pond are located, and the North West garden, which is experimental,  but doing very well and features, Chia, linseed, mustard, along with more regular crops like peas, carrots, radishes and beans... coastal quinoa which we hoped would grow has not taken.

This is the south garden, which is in the process of being created. On the right is our earthbag greenhouse, and center is the pond we've made to feed to the greenhouse and to house the ducks once they arrive, which will be when I've finished building the surrounding turf wall. In the greenhouse, we grow plum tomoatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, oregano, ginger, jasmine, sage, cauliflower, turnips, lettuce and beetroots

These are three of the terraces that we have made in the garden to the north of the house. The turf wall protects the garden from animals and the wind. On the bottom terrace closest to the house, we have gooseberries, raspberries, swiss chard, beetroots, carrots, cabbages, spring onions, poreo (local mint medicinal herb) rosemary, peas and brussels sprouts. Middle row, strawberries, cucumbers, beetroots, carrots, parsley, rocket, mint, spearmint, cabbage, radishes, and beans. Top row, potatoes, zucchinis, beans, mint and peas, brussels sprouts, radishes.

This is our Zucchini, bean, potato, peas and mint patch, looking south to the house.

I made a mistake by cutting our pasture too late and it all seeded into the terraced garden beds, meaning lots of weeding. Yet strangely we don't see this as work, though when I was younger weeding seemed like hard labour. We spend around an hour a day pulling the weeds, it comes as a welcome relief from earthbag and turf wall building, and it's a meditation experience, if we're doing it alone, a nice time to chat if we're weeding together.

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Comment by Lazzaris Watanabe on April 1, 2012 at 12:53pm

I used to enjoy weeding with my family on weekends!

Know I love to have it as my job! 

Perhaps you could arrange a sheep to eat the pasture, a good trim.

Here is Japan the spring ha arrived, next week we'll start planting our herbs in our tinny balcony.  

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