Six on Saturday: Salad Days

This time last week I was preparing my Six on Saturday when we lost our telephone line. We had a wildfire start quite close to us but thank God the wind sent the smoke, fire and ash in the other direction and across into the next valley. Thanks to the swift response of the Bombeiros (fire brigade) from all over Portugal with the help of six planes, two helicopters the fire was under control within 24 hours.

So here I am a week later. New pictures but same SoS (Six on Saturday).

1. The Ginger Experiment

Apparently, if you leave a stem of ginger to sprout then plant it in dry soil it will grow. Watch this space

Sprouting Ginger
Sprouting Ginger

I eat quite a lot of ginger as it is claimed to be a great anti-inflammatory, so if I can master the art of growing ginger it will save money.

2.Salad Days

My aim to maintain a constant supply of salad throughout the summer…so far so good…except, the snails have their own agenda.

Snails enjoy my baby rocket plants

I grow all my lettuce in containers. I will plant some more lettuce plugs this week and again in a month’s time.

Lettuce growing in container
Lettuce growing in container

Spinach, I love baby spinach leaves in salad.

Spinach grows well in containers
Spinach grows well in containers

I had hoped to include Nasturtiums in the above list, but apart from two tiny little plants they have all died.

3. Cabbage and Coleslaw

I am not fond of cooked cabbage but I love coleslaw.

White cabbage is perfect for coleslaw
White cabbage is perfect for coleslaw
Red cabbage
Red cabbage

4. Melon

The melon plants have produced lots of flowers  but only three melons have matured so far. Which is fine. I like melon but I don’t want ten at once.

Melons growing in pot
Melons growing in pot

5. Yellow Peppers

While I love the sweet taste of yellow peppers I am not prepared to pay the exorbitant prices in the supermarkets so this year I have grown my own pepper plants in a pot.

Yellow peppers growing in pot
Yellow peppers growing in pot

6. Onions- Who knew they grew so well in pots?

Onions grow well in pots
Onions grow well in pots

Although they are quite small they are perfect for pickling and salads

Onions drying in the sun
Onions drying in the sun

That’s my six for this week, folks. For more gardening highlights from around the world, check out Mr P’s blog

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  1. With all that you can almost have a good meal!
    I tried to grow ginger, I had plenty of stems and leaves but the rhizome didn’t grow enough and rotted in winter. I will start again in a very sandy and well drained soil

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    1. Pots are either old plastic vegetable transport containers which I line with plastic so as little as 6 inches deep but with good quality compost and plenty of water or standard tubs about 12″ deep. I found lettuce, spinach and rocket do no have deep roots so they survive well in shallow containers providing you don’t let dry out.

      Spinach and rocket i planted as seeds directly in containers. LEttuc I buy as established plugs.

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  2. Gosh, you do have a lovely selection of edibles!! I have grown ginger from a rhizome successfully in pots more as an ornamental than a crop. Do you grow your melons in pots? I had not thought of doing that and not attempted to grow any here as the soil has a high clay content. I believe melons need a more sandy soil.

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    1. YEs, I grew the melons in a large pot. So far i’ve had 4 good melons but I don’t think the plants will last much longer as they are going over. I get blight here so once the leaves start to fall away or the flowers don’t set that’s it. I will grow some more in the little greenhouse for winter. We will see.

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  3. This is awesome, Carole. I’m with you on the ginger – so healing. And, your creativity on growing your own bell peppers is smart!

    I’m wondering, how is your knee feeling?

    Wishing you and your husband all the best.

    Blessings,
    Debbie

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      1. Oh Carole, I am sorry to hear that! I used to practice Holistic Health counseling. Would you like to talk? Perhaps I could give advise that would be helpful.

        Either way, sending you more kind wishes Carole. 🙂

        Blessings,
        Debbie

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      1. Mine has only just started to shoot, but I will include it in a post when it is looking more presentable 😀 (Actually it is sharing with a chilli plant as I just stuck a bit of ginger root in the pot on a whim, never expecting it to actually start growing.)

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  4. How nice for potted vegetable plants. I really dislike growing much of anything in pots (even though I am a career nurseryman). I want my vegetables to enjoy the soil and disperse their roots. Is your ginger the culinary sort? I do not grow that. It is supposedly more sensitive to frost. I suppose I should try it to find out. The ornamental types are not as ornamental as they are in the Los Angeles region, but I grow them because they remind of my little bit of time there in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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