After some trials last year, a larger area was cultivated with eggplants this year. Next door are experimental fields where different types of mixed crops are cultivated in a concept reminiscent of a raised bed. The moisture-loving plants are at the bottom of the gutter, the dry ones at the top. Fruit trees and bushes border the plot, provide shade, hold the moisture. Well selected plant communities cover the soil at all times and protect it from erosion by wind and water. The high manual workload is more than compensated for by a large harvest of high quality. We are curious to see which plant communities prove to be particularly suitable.

Photo: Horticulturalists harvesting eggplants