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.
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.
The original plants, while only a mouthful each were delicious!
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.
Let me introduce you to the runts of the courgette litter.
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.
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.
5. Peas – variety unknown
These were planted in situ on the 20th of february and are almost ready to harvest.
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
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