Garden Diary: Curly Carrots, Alien Courgettes and Assorted Veg – May 1st

It’s been another strange week. This morning I was informed we need to adapt to the NEW ‘normal’ – or words to that effect. I’d just woken up but I’ve already embraced ‘normal’ to stay safe. On a positive note, hopefully the garden centers will be open from today as Portugal moves from State of Emergency to state of ‘Calamity’. I need bedding plants to add colour. We will see.

The combination of showers and sun has rewarded me with a jungle. I just hope I get to harvest before the slugs, caterpillars and other assorted critters move in. I am convinced there is a hidden sign informing said critters go to piglet’s plot it’s a 3 star Michelin dining experience.

Raised vegetable bed 1st May

1.Curly Carrots

When I thinned my early carrots in my naive enthusiasm I replanted the discarded seedlings elsewhere. My faulty logic was based on the fact that I’d seen carrot plugs for sale at the local market. A picture saves a thousand words.

curly carrots
curly carrots

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curly carrots
curly carrots

The original plants, while only a mouthful each were delicious!

baby carrots
baby carrots

Once the carrot crop is finished, what crop can I plant in it’s place?

2. Courgettes and the Runts of the Litter (Success and Failure)

Despite getting off to a bad start I’ve now picked at least six healthy courgettes.

Courgette Crop 1st May 2020

Let me introduce you to the runts of the courgette litter.

deformed courgettes
deformed courgettes

 

courgette flower
courgette flower

3. Cucumbers

While several baby cucumbers shriveled on the vine, I’ve now harvested three healthy cucumbers. I only have two mature plants but already have three babies planted on ready to replace these after a few weeks.

Cucumber
Cucumber

4 French Beans – Ferrari

The seeds planted in pots on the 4th February and then transferred to the main bed on the 11th March are now starting to crop.

French Beans
French Beans

5. Peas – variety unknown

These were planted in situ on the 20th of february and are almost ready to harvest.

A forest of peas
A forest of peas

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Peas
Peas

6. Speckled wood butterfly

I like to take an interest in the critters who visit my garden – friend for foe. I’ve not seen this one before and I’m trying to identify.  Any ideas? DAwn has now identified as a Speckled wood butterfly. thank you, Dawn

Speckled wood butterfly
Speckled wood butterfly

That’s it for this week, folks. Next week I will focus on what’s in flower.

If you are an avid gardener, why not pop over to the Propagator’s blog to check out other Six on Saturday gardeners

 

 

Related post: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots

Garden Diary-May: Garden Colours

34 thoughts on “Garden Diary: Curly Carrots, Alien Courgettes and Assorted Veg – May 1st

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    1. When I went to the local garden centre this morning only half expecting them to be open and told her I was pleased she had reopened. She then told me they never closed. Only 5 people are allowed in at one time … I spent lots of money on bedding plants and more compost, so she was happy.

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      1. Can understand why, and agree masks will help enormously. Will be thinking of you over the forthcoming days and weeks – at lest though Portugal is ahead of the curve. Goodness knows when the UK will gain some control

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        1. I am frightened for the UK … the death toll there has now soared in front of France and Spain and closing fast on Italy. I can’t believe how ill-prepared and ill-informed the government were. They only had to watch Euro news and the death tolls in those countries and the way the virus was spreading like wildfire … but they can’t turn back the clock …

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          1. Not sure they were ill informed, I think they just chose not to act. They have bluffed their way through on so much over the past few years, for some reason they thought it would work again 😦

            as you say though can’t turn back the clock, just hope they start to listen to and act on the science and statistics, rather than continue to base every decision on what a political analyst thinks

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  1. Seeing your produce reminds me of how late I started my garden. Vegetables are supposed to be early here. It took weeks just to clear the site. I would not have done so a all if I had been able to work.

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      1. I dabble in flowers and fresh oregano here and there. I don’t have near the gardening skill set you have. I do love gardens and I appreciate the hard work that goes into them. With the stay in place I’m trying to garden a little more. We will see. As for the websote. I’m slowly working on updating that website and currently working on this one https://canelaajenacom.wordpress.com/

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