Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Portugal: May
The diary of my challenge to grow my own fruit and vegetables in Portugal continues. Seasons, soil conditions and climate are totally different from the UK, so gardening here is one big experiment.
I am not a knowledgeable gardener, nor do I have a “green thumb”, but my enthusiasm makes up for what I lack in these areas.
Unfortunately, I am unable to grow enough fruit and vegetables to be
self-sufficient as my humble plot is really small. The “return on investment” in terms of time, effort and cost is zilch, but I enjoy the challenge and the convenience of organic fresh salad, veg and fruits just a few steps away!
- My Raised Vegetable Garden 14/05/11
How quickly everything has grown since last month!
Squash plants 150511
I’ve never grown Squash before but as a friend in Northern Portugal sent me some seeds I thought I would try.
Although my squash plants are still very small they are just beginning to produce flowers. Seeds planted 7/03/11
I think I’ve planted them to close together – they looked so tiny when they were first planted!
- First cucumber 15/05/11
Cucumbers grown from seeds planted 10/2/11
Unfortunately, the white mold that appeared on the leaves of the Zucchini plants caused many of the Zucchinis to rot. I am unsure as to the cause of the problem – perhaps humidity or overcrowding?
Any suggestions please?
Zucchini Jungle 15/05/11
I braved the mosquitos and removed most of the leaves to improve air circulation. Not sure if this will help but it certainly cleared some space as you can see below.
Zucchini leaves removed to encourage air circulation
- Zucchinis rescued from jungle
I rescued the above Zucchinis and used them in my Zucchini and Tomato Chutney
I made on Saturday. I used the same recipe as last year… hmmm delicious!
- Garlic grown in pots – is it ready?
I planted cloves of garlic last December. I am not sure if its ready to pull but the leaves are starting to go brown and leaves in the other pot of garlic are have rust spots.
- Prolific strawberry plants
I rescued this crate and it is now home to some strawberry plants. I use netting from potato sacks to protect the strawberries from birds.
What else am I growing?
Sorrel, spring onion, spinach, chilli peppers, peppers, tomatoes and rhubarb. No show for the carrots I planted – I will try again in the autumn.
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
I am looking for some ideas on how to get rid of slugs, snails, blackfly and ants without using chemicals any suggestions folks?
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