Friday, May 19, 2006

Preparation counts

The secret of success at anything in Spain is La machina!

A machine is the answer to any problem you can imagine, labour saving gadgets are technology at it´s most welcome.

Trying to work the land with conventional spade and fork is impossible. Even previously turned ground often needs to be broken open with a pick!

Destined to become a flower bed at the south side of the villa this hole in the ground was excavated by the JCB digger in only 30 minutes. 

The soil was then hand riddled to remove the rocks and weeds, weeks of hard work. 

Manure which had been composted for one year was added. To the best of the soil we added 30 tonnes of purchased top soil which looked little better than the dust we had removed.

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