Growing vegetables in a dry climate
We were used to a Belgian climate with a lot of rain, but here in Spain, summers are very hot with over thirty six degrees celsius and no rain. While we are slowly preparing our food forest, as we want to be as self sufficient as possible, we are also growing vegetables in a permaculture garden.
We were finishing our house until end of June and our front garden was full of waste, so we experimented with growing them in the bare soil (hard, dry, just a little bit of manure) which provides a small harvest, but not enough to survive ;-).
Experiments always give you information, regardless of the outcome, and we are very grateful to actually see how strong vegetable plants are to survive this climate. They only received some watering and managed to grow in between the existing almond trees. Several people said we were crazy and this would not be possible.
In July we created eight vegetable garden beds and in the near future we will add a poly tunnel with wicking beds, which use 90% less water.
The permaculture design course with Geoff Lawton, which I'm following, will give us undoubtedly many tools to expand our garden, recycle more water, make our own compost and set up a worm farm. We will use these practical tools in our own way and create.a landscape design to regenerate the land.
We are learning by doing. We face many challenges. We laugh, we cry, we curse, we have so much fun, we sweat, we burn, we freeze and we keep going.