Six on Saturday – Armchair Edition

Last Monday the overnight temperature dropped to 3.5C and we had our first light frost on the roof of the car. However, while we were away at the hospital in Coimbra neighbours reported on Facebook that temperatures plummeted to  -4C. This is the lowest (in our area) in over a decade so hopefully my plants... Continue Reading →

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6 Ideas to Upcycle Plastic in Your Garden

My #sixonsaturday this week is  to suggest six effective ways to upcycle plastic in your garden rather than disposing in the recycling bin, or trash. Come on fellow gardeners, get creative with plastic! 1. Recycling Water Water is a precious resource. When practical I recycle grey water from the house (washing machine, bath, showers etc)... Continue Reading →

When is a potato not a potato?

When it's a choo choo... noooo that's not a Portuguese sneeze! Feeling rather adventurous during a recent shopping foray to the local farmers' market, I stepped outside my cautious 'foodie' comfort zone and decided to experiment with some, shall we say...  some of the more weird and wonderful vegetable offerings they had on sale.  As... Continue Reading →

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – November

My passion for gardening has taken a back seat during November due to my trip to France, illness and of course the National Novel Writing 30 day challenge. However, much to my surprise everything, bar the cucumbers growing in pots, survived despite being unloved and neglected. Temperatures in the day hovered around 18C and 12C... Continue Reading →

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables – September

August passed with a blink of an eye and before I realised, it was September. Unfortunately, I failed in my personal challenge to record my "August" gardening "ups and downs" along with photographic evidence. Fortunately I made some notes, which I've recorded below, but photographs are like hen's teeth (non-existent) A bug called citrus leaf... Continue Reading →

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in July

You certainly reap what you sow! I've devoted hours tending my vegetable garden this month and I'm now reaping the benefits with an abundant crop of tomatoes, lettuce, radish, carrots, peppers, red cabbage and French green beans. The crops are fed at regular intervals with the MiracleGro kindly donated by a friend. However, I can't... Continue Reading →

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots – June

My monthly garden diary continues with my ongoing attempts to grow fruit and vegetables in pots and various containers.  After various gardening disasters in May I learned some valuable lessons such as a basic understanding of soil nutrients, watering (under and over) and the size of the pots I should be using to name a... Continue Reading →

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in April

My diary continues... Despite earlier problems with white cabbage mold Piglet's plot continues to yield a modest crop of lettuce, carrots, leeks, cabbage, spinach and radish. The brocoli and cauliflower have now finished, and it was rather a challenge to eat them all before they ran to seed! I like them but not THAT much!... Continue Reading →

Zucchini – I give up!

If you have followed the ongoing saga regarding my failed attempts to grow zucchini, the photograph below will be familiar. Fellow bloggers kindly offered suggestions as to the possible cause along with some remedies. Vegetable Diary June: Veggie Disasters – S.O.S To cut a long story short, I finally decided despite my valiant efforts, it... Continue Reading →

Vegetable Diary July – I will never be self sufficient!

My "Monthly Diary" and the saga of my attempts to grow my own fruit and veg continues... My success rate to date leads me to believe that even if I had a large enough plot I certainly would not be self-sufficient by any stretch of the imagination! Zucchini (Courgettes) My zucchini are still desperately clinging to... Continue Reading →

Vegetable Diary June: Veggie Disasters – S.O.S

Here we are in June and I feel rather despondent. Even my inbuilt tenacity is beginning to wane. Why?, my pigging vegetables just won't grow! My motto has always been "If at first you don't succeed try and try again". Yes, I'm trying I've read several interesting posts on growing vegetables recently by fellow bloggers... Continue Reading →

Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Portugal: May

The diary of my challenge to grow my own fruit and vegetables in Portugal continues. Seasons,  soil conditions and climate are totally different from the UK,  so gardening here is one big experiment.   I am not a knowledgeable gardener, nor do I have a "green thumb", but my enthusiasm makes up for what I lack in these... Continue Reading →

Piglet’s Gardening Diary: Seeds, Vegetables, Pots and Plot – February 2011

God loves a "tryer" and as Mr Piglet says I’m very trying! Every year I attempt to grow my own vegetables with varying degrees of success. I do not have a Horta (Allotment) but a patch of poor sandy earth in a small, windswept urban garden in the Algarve. High humidity and salt air, due... Continue Reading →

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