Garden Diary: Vegetable Update 15th May

While I aspire to achieve a certain level of vegetable self-suffiency, I am a realist and accept my limited mobility and available growing space dictates how much I can grow. The secret is probably to keep a constant supply of new seedlings in production and, unlike other years, the moment a plant becomes stressed or near end of productive life, throw it away and start with the next batch! The challenge for me is knowing how long I need to allow from seed to harvest. I also need a planting rotatation plan.

1. COMPOST BAG POTS – Who says you can’t turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse?

Compost bags recycled as pots

When I went to the DIY shop  this week I tried to buy some large basic plastic pots to plant on my melons, squash, pumkins etc. No luck, the cheapest pot I could find was about €10 and even that was too small. Normally, I would have extended my search to include several shops, but one scary visit to LeRoy Merlins at Guia where people had no concept of social distancing, left me feeling a nervous wreck. There was no one controlling the numbers that went into the store and it was chaos!

Although we extended our search for empty plastic paint containers (normally dumped everywhere), there were none to be found so, thinking outside the box, I decided to recycle some compost sacs.

My Gnome said they looked untidy, so I made him hide them behind some disused rockery stones. It’s still work in progress but it does mean the rocks will offer some insulation against the heat of the sun.

I hope the Haokkaido Pumpkin seedlings appreciate their new home. I acquired these seeds on a swapsie for lettuce seeds. I’ve never eaten yet alone grown these before so yet another challenge I’ve undertaken thanks to the lockdown.

2. GALIA F1 MELONS SEEDLINGS

The seeds planted on the 11th April are almost ready to plant on.

Galia F! Melon Seedlings
Galia F! Melon Seedlings

3. TOMATOES GROW WELL IN CONTAINERS

Cherry Tomato Plants grwoing in pots
Cherry Tomato Plants grwoing in pots

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Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes

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Rosa tomatoes growing in pots
Rosa tomatoes growing in pots

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Rosa Tomato
Rosa Tomato

4. LETTUCE

Lettuce Growing in a Container
Lettuce Growing in a Container

Okay, I cheated. When I went to the Co op to buy some compost a couple of weeks ago, I noticed they had some seed plugs.

The lettuce seeds I planted over a month ago have still not developed beyond a couple of leaves. At this rate it will be months before my lettuce are anywhere near this size.

spicy baby leaf lettuce
spicy baby leaf lettuce

I lost my patience and emptied nearly the whole pack of seeds in this pot. These were planted 11th April

lettuce-bativia de Paris
lettuce-bativia de Paris
Gotte lettuce planted 11th April
Gotte lettuce planted 11th April

5. STRAWBERRIES

The new strawberry bed we planted at the beginning of March is now teasing us with a few strawberries.

Raised Strawberry bed
Raised Strawberry bed

Not enough for a feast yet, but I’ve never grown strawberries this size!

Strawberries grow well in containers

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Strawberry
Strawberry

A couple of the plants have produced runners so I am allowing thses to take root in pots so I can pass on to a friend.

Strawberry runners
Strawberry runners

6.  CUCUMBERS

The cucumbers are coming along nicely. This is one of the plants I bought from the local open air market before lockdown. However, the skin is SO prickly.

Prickly cucumbers
prickly cucumbers

I also have another misc variety of cucumber plants I inherited from a friend. I think he said they were English cucumbers. I am growing these in a pots

Cucumbers growing in a pot
Cucumbers growing in a pot

Related Post:

Garden Diary: Fruit and Vegetable Seedlings – 24th -25th April

That’s it for this week, folks. If you are interested in gardening why not pop over to other Six on Saturday garden bloggers at Mr. P’s Blog.

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  1. I also struggled to find some large pots and found them all to cost around 10 euros each then I found some superb plastic containers at Agriloja in Viseu. The 50 litre grey ones cost 2.29 each and 30 litre black ones 1.79 each both with easy carrying handles there were also 38 litre black ones without handles for 1.85. I bought 3 of the 50l and 4 of the 30l. I have photos of them if you want to see them, just let me know. I know they are plastic but a lot of pots are and they are very hard wearing as I’ve used one to carry stones around the garden as I don’t have a wheel barrow and once the plants are in they will look fine. You just need to drill a few drainage holes in the bottoms then job done.

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  2. ooh look at those strawberries, and your tomatoes are so far ahead of mine. I’ve grown tomatoes in pots for years and they all seem very happy 🙂

    Love the ingenuity of the first but somewhat terrified to learn about the lack of social distancing. Your numbers are low though so hopefully all will be well xxx

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    1. The tomatoes and strawberries have been growing since February so they got off to an early start which helps. 🙂 the numbers are low at the moment but they are encouraging the tourists to come … I am not looking forward to when they open the borders with Spain – not doubt we will se a second wave.

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      1. I had planned to buy large plants this year from local nursery so didn’t start anything . . .if only in Feb I had sown seeds as a back up!

        and yes can totally understand your nervousness about tourists. I get why they need/want to do this but at the same time . . . . . . . . . .

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  3. You’ve been busy. Your tomatoes are looking very well. I’m not holding out much hope for my tomato plants.

    Regarding social distancing, I’m finding people who walk side by side are the most troublesome – quite a few don’t seem to be able to walk single file, like my wife and I do the moment we see someone approaching in the opposite direction or if someone is coming up from behind. Very annoying, but you don’t like to say anything! Stay safe.

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    1. That’s a shame about your tomato plants. Do you think you can get some more planted or is it too late now?

      As for social distancing the really old Portuguese folk in our rural town have now idea. Some can’t even read so the concept of 2m and social distancing goes way over their heads. Just today I came out of the little supermarket and this old boy was walking straight at me. I nearly fell over myself to get in the car and shut the door as he had no mask on.

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    1. Haha… you won’t have tomato envy when you see how quickly blight attacks the plants here. 😦 The pots in pots is to remind me not to use the large pots for anything else. 🙂 I don’t have enough pots so they are just squatting there for now.

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