Friday, 13 May 2011

Mid-May in the garden

With 70 tomato plants, 30 peppers, 4 cucumbers and 16 aubergines put out in their beds in the garden, we’re getting through the summer planting.  There are still courgettes, pumpkins (several varieties) and butternut squash plants waiting, and growing bigger every day, on the balconies.

The Kolaska pepper plants, planted out between the cucumbers (out of shot) and the chard and haricot beans.
A row of Turkish pink tomato plants, grown from seeds sent to me by beste in Normandy, next to a row of ungrafted aubergine plants.
IMGP9787 Marseillais pepper plants (some of the few plants we’ve bought this year), then a row of ungrafted aubergines, then a row of grafted aubergines. IMGP9789
Roma tomatoes (left), Languedocian plants, growing very vigorously and starting to flower (centre), on on the right of the picture a mixed row of Coeur de Boeuf, Andes and Ananas.

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At last the first sowing of haricot beans (sowed at the end of March) are flowering.  The second sowing are almost catching up,

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The Greek sweetcorn, grown from seeds sent to me by gaiashope are doing well and I’m hoping they’ll be well established by the time the free water from the stream runs out.  Last year, gaiashope says, she watered them only 10 times in the whole summer, so they’re very drought resistant.  On the right are 4 small artichokes I picked this morning, and put straight into a bowl of water to get out the earwigs which seem to like them (although they don’t eat them).


Sharon Lovejoy said...

Amazing and so well organized. Although our seasons are in step, well, our gardens aren't, though I grow olives and artichokes too.

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Everything looks lovely!

I'm an animal lover, and an insect-rescuer, but I do not like earwigs.