Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – October

Orange peppers are still growing in October!

Orange peppers are still growing in October!

Here we are hurtling towards the end of October enjoying the sun when autumn arrived quite suddenly. One minute we are swimming in the sea and enjoying temperatures of 25C while the cloudless blue sky suggested not a hint of rain and then it turned cold and wet…

I should have known better, our wedding anniversary was looming and it ALWAYS rains around that time. True to form ominous clouds gathered in a slate-grey sky and obliterated the sun. Howling winds alerted us just in time to batten down the hatches in preperation for the onslaught of rain which continued for two days and counting. When it rains in Portugal it rains! And as I write this it is still raining…

As the summer season ends and we move into autumn I dug up all the  tomatoes growing in pots and in my raised vegetable area.  There’s not much growing in Piglet’s Plot at the moment (as you can see from the pictures below) until I visit the market and buy whatever vegetable seed plugs are in season. I really want to plant some broad beans! (Favas)

Piglet's Plot mid October

Piglet’s Plot mid October

Piglet's Plot mid October

Piglet’s Plot mid October

At the end of September I bought two Couve Galega plugs (cabbage) from the market. The stallholder assured me this is the type of cabbage the Portuguese use for Caldo Verde (Cabbage soup).

Couve Galega

Couve Galega

Time will tell! They should grow really tall just like the ones pictured below.

Are these Couve Galega?

Are these Couve Galega?

Container grown fruit and vegetables

The experiment to grow potatoes in pots (prompted by a friend) proved to be a great success. I returned the pots on loan and found other suitable containers. Namely a potato bag designed for growing potatoes as pictured below and an abandoned and now re homed plastic paint tub. This is the true meaning of recycling!

Growing potatoes in bag

Growing potatoes in bag

I’m attempting to grow sweet potatoes. I planted these in large containers on the 18th September and so far so good, However, again time will tell. They weren’t seed potatoes but ones I rooted myself.

Sweet potatoes growing in pot

Sweet potatoes growing in pot

The lettuce plugs planted at the end of August are growing slowly, but at least they are still growing! The container is an old bowl which I drilled holes in for the drainage. It is perfect!

Lettuce growing in a recycled container

Lettuce growing in a recycled container

The cucumbers plugs planted at the end of August much to my surprise are growing well. Baby cucumber plants and parsley have self-seeded and are growing in the raised vegetable area.I always enjoy free plants – makes up for the ones the bugs eat! To help prevent white mould I’ve regularly sprayed the cucumber leaves with a solution of half milk and half water. Strange, but it seems to work.

Cucumbers growing in pots

Cucumbers growing in pots

Earlier this month I gave all my strawberry containers a good clean up. I cleared out all the dead leaves, potted up runners and gave all the plants a good feed. Two weeks later strawberries are beginning to appear!

Unfortuntely, some of the plants had mealybugs so I destroyed the infested plants and sterilised the containers. To be honest the old plants have produced so many runners I now have plenty of young strawberry plants. I never win the mealybug battle no matter what deterrents I use.

Strawberries growing in containers

Strawberries growing in containers

And finally!

Mr. Piglet very kindly constructed a simple frame for my tayberry and blackberry plants which I’m growing in very large containers. It is in a nice sheltered location in full sun. I can even put a net over the plants once they start to fruit to protect the fruit from the birds!

Tayberries and Blackberries growing in pots

Tayberries and Blackberries growing in pots

Until next month!

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33 responses to “Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – October

  1. Very jealous of those potatoes!.

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  2. Thank you for the walk around your garden: so enjoyed! Love the peppers; can never get my mignonette to grow as ‘pretty’ and envy you your strawberry overflow [what kind, do you know?]. I grow, well grew, mostly Japanese which are right for our area, but, after a spell ill in bed last year during warm weather, lost most. Only about 5-6 left, but as you say, the runners come thick and fast during the season 🙂 !

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  3. So nice, PiP! I’m so happy you have had success with your gardening! I love the idea of container gardening…especially nice with kids…they can each have their own container with a variety of salad items. 🙂

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    • Hi Vivian, what a great idea re salad items for kids in their own container. Think I may suggest that to my daughter for her little one. My baby granddaughter is just like me and is fascinated by plants and lvoes the outdoors!

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  4. I love watching your garden grow, PiP, your container plants grow so well, mine never do.

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  5. You have a great garden. Now, I will try to grow some veggies in containers – something I hadn’t thought of doing before your post – thanks!

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  6. The veg plot is looking good. Will we be seeing you selling the surplus at the market one day, I wonder!

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  7. wonderful PiP, you’ve got it all sorted there! all self-sufficient!

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  8. Great assortment, PiP! Hope your Anniversary wasn’t washed out.

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  9. I planted sweet potatoes last year, and they came out just right. I didn’t get tons of them. I have to tell you that I love your web site name. So cute, I had to check it out! 🙂

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  10. Caldo Verde sounds wonderful. I love the name. 🙂 Happy anniversary to you and hubby. It must be wonderful to grow your own veggies. I love those orange peppers in salad.

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  11. Cute peppers!. I liked the cabbage too.. Never seen tall cabbage plants so far.Lots of work seems to have gone into the garden in October.

    Have a good day.

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  12. Wow that is quite an assortment of veggies you have! I had heard about growing potatoes in pots, seeing they seem to do well, I will give that method a try. I´m jealous of all your strawberries, mine just don´t give fruit, or die, or get eaten, all I know is I have never eaten one from my patch.

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  14. Looks like your plantings are hanging in there. 😉

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