Garden Diary: 15th August – Growing Vegetables Ups and Downs

My Six on Saturday this week is another mixed bag of the joys of growing vegetables. We still have not had rain (apart from mizzle and sea mist) and I confess this is a cause for concern as I read unless we have rain soon there will not be enough water to see the Algarve... Continue Reading →

Garden Diary: A Nice Surprise, Seedlings and Garden Projects

It was difficult to select six highlights for my garden diary 'six on Saturday' this week. There is so much going on in the garden, including projects, I am spoiled for choice. My Gnome has been busy working his fingers to the bone, cutting our huge Melaleuca privacy hedge, moving the contents from the old... Continue Reading →

Monster Tomatoes!

I don't know the name or variety of these tomatoes but they sure are HUGE!!!  (I've since been informed they are 'Rosa' tomatoes). This year I bought several baby tomato plants from Silves monthly market which is held on the 3rd Monday of each month. This is an excellent market for vegetable plants, fruit bushes... Continue Reading →

What does recycling and growing strawberries have in common?

With a little creativity it's amazing what containers you can use to grow strawberries. Deep plastic crates prove excellent containers for growing strawberries, lettuce or rocket. Line the crates with black plastic and make holes in the base area to allow for drainage. Add stones, then good quality compost and voilá! Because the containers are... Continue Reading →

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