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Home Grown

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Inside the tortoise house, there is a bit sectioned-off, that mummy uses to grow bit and bobs for the tortoises. She did have to increase the height of the wooden divider though, upon one day finding Txomin sunbathing in it after having eaten quite a significant amount of the plants growing in it, having managed to climb over!

It currently has carrots (for leaves only – not the carrots which give them a dodgy tummy), dandelions, wild cactus, mint, avocado plant, a selection of flowers and various weeds. Would you believe it, but when mummy goes walking in the mountains, she goes weed hunting and regularly comes home with a plastic bag of weeds.

Some of mummy’s planters on the terrace used to contain attractive flowers and plants to admire, but are now home to yet more delights for the tortoises and have yielded; cherry tomatoes, various herbs, weeds (clover seems to grow in amongst the lemon tree as well as other plants), various types of flowers including fuchsias and petunias, escarole, strawberries, melon, sweet peas, courgettes (for leaves only), spinach (very occasionally eat), lavender and aloe vera.

Mummy was going to buy a hibiscus plant as according to various sources on the web, tortoises love the flowers.However, she did think €8 for them to eat it within a couple of meals was a bit too expensive - even for her

It should be noted, that mummy does not feed the tortoises the plants and flowers bought from the garden centre immediately. Once they’ve been re-planted for a bit, rained-on/watered a few times and hopefully most of any chemicals used by the garden centres washed off, she then starts snipping.

Talking of washing leaves etc. loving husband always seems amazed that mummy even quite often washes weeds and general picks the higher up ones in case a dog may have urinated on them – according to him, they must eat all sorts of stuff that is not pre-washed in the wild – honestly, you’d think he’d forgotten that these are pampered pets! Mummy does buy some bits and bobs as well, including cucumber, kale, tender leaves, broccoli, courgette (when she’s not growing it).