My passion for gardening has taken a back seat during November due to my trip to France, illness and of course the National Novel Writing 30 day challenge. However, much to my surprise everything, bar the cucumbers growing in pots, survived despite being unloved and neglected. Temperatures in the day hovered around 18C and 12C at night. So not cold, but it rained, oh boy did it rain!
The green peppers planted in the raised bed, continue to thrive and bear fruit! I will certainly plant these again next year although I will not bother with the orange peppers as they took far too long to change colour. The pot grown peppers are now passed their best and it will not be long before I finally find the time to recycle them in my new composter.
I planted garlic cloves as an experiment at the end of October in the raised bed rather than in pots. So far so good. My last attempt to grow garlic in pots a year or so ago proved unsuccessful. I think it was probably due to lack of water. Anyone had any success growing garlic in pots?…and if so please share your secret
The Couve Galega planted at the end of September have somehow escaped the attentions of the army of snails and caterpillars who have taken up residence in my absense. The Galega cabbage, I’m assured, is the tall cabbages seen growing everywhere here in the Algarve and are used to make Caldo Verde
The Aubergines planted in June are still bearing fruit.
This year I bought favas seeds (broad bean) from my local hardware shop. Forget buying the prepackaged seeds in posh packets at over €3.50 a go, mine were a real bargain at just 38 cents for the same quantity. I planted these on the 24th October and they are doing well. I’m personally not keen on broad beans but Mr. Piglet loves them.
The olive tree crop is disappointing as the olives are really small so not worth the effort in the pickling stakes. If anyone has any suggestions to encourage them to grow larger, please share!
GRowing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots
I planted these potatoes at the end of October in a plastic purpose made potato grow bag.
I planted these sweet potatoes in a large pot in the middle of September. Maybe they will grow, may be not, but I thought it would be worth a try. No idea how long they will take to grow so I will leave it until February before taking a peek.
Finally my winter strawberries! They are not huge but they are soooo sweet! My summer strawberries are busy producing lots of babies at the moment which I am in the process of rooting and potting on.
Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – October
Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – September
Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in July
Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Containers – July
Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots – June
Problem Cucumbers – Is it Anthracnose, Downy Mildew or…?
Garden Diary: Container Gardening – Cochonilhas or Mealybugs?
How did I kill my tomato plants?
Global Warming and Zucchini
Growing fruit and vegetable in December