The small vegetable gardens of Andorra la Vella are well worth a visit during a stay in the Principality. To discover them, you have to take a path that overlooks the city, the Rec del Solà . This walk offers the opportunity to admire these mini vegetable gardens hung on the mountainside.
Sample vegetable gardens
The particularity of this trail ( 2,500 meters long at 1,100 meters altitude ) is that it runs along a small channel fed by a spring. It is he who can irrigate the small vegetable gardens located below. The gardens are storied and divided into multiple plots. The smallest pieces of land are arranged in small vegetable gardens. These small gardens are maintained with remarkable care and attention. They welcome both vegetables , fruit and flowers . The well-aligned salad plants stand alongside irises or brilliant concerns . Cherry and pear trees are a little place in the middle of the feet of tomatoes , beans or onions . In this month of May, lilacs are at their peak and Valerians take advantage of the slightest interstice to bloom their dark pink umbels!
The plots of land, despite their small size, are home to many varieties of vegetables . They are planted tight so as not to lose a crumb of ground! When the surface allows it, a shed is installed in the shade of a small tree. The atmosphere that emerges from these mini vegetable gardens is bucolic and serene!
Small vegetable gardens to dream!
Walking along all these small terraced gardens to touch the city, gently warmed by the sun, it is easy to imagine the pleasure of their owners at the time of harvest ! These places, where many cats are lounging, evoke pure moments of freedom. Weekends should be an opportunity to maintain these small gardens of course, but perhaps also to enjoy these living spaces … Children can pick strawberries or cherries to enjoy it without waiting, a small barbecue can to be improvised to accompany the freshly cut salad … These small vegetable gardens so perfectly organized make dream of this kind of scenario! They are an illustration of the happiness that the cultivation of a vegetable garden can provide, no matter how small.
If you want to know more about the Rec del Solà , I invite you to visit this page of visitandorra.com (you will also find a pdf of the file of the hiking trail).
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