Gordon Atkins

Three years ago, I bought an off-grid Cortijo in a small valley in the Andalucian mountains. This move was not really a planned decision to live of-grid, I just fell in love with the tranquil location. Although, perhaps the lifestyle is in my genes as my grandfather and his four brothers were Homesteaders in Alberta Canada in the 1900s. The mountains of Spain are a difficult place to grow many of the flowers that I was used to in the UK. However, veg grows well all year around peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, cucumber, melons and chard all fare well in the Mediterranean climate. Almond trees provide me with a cash crop of around 1 ton whilst still retaining some to make almond milk and flour.

Mini Drip watering Aeonium Arboreum

This Gravity-Fed Drip Irrigation System Is So Easy to Make

Homestead life is highly rewarding and extremely satisfying but everyone will agree it is also hard work. It is demanding both physically and mentally, therefore anything that does not go to plan can be very frustrating. Growing anything, whether food, flowers, should remain high up on everyone’s list of undertakings despite the hard-physical effort that …

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