One of the things I like about gardening, especially in the Mediterranean climate, is that the year doesn’t seem to end, or rather the seasons merge into each other and we’re always looking forward to something. As we take up and burn the dead tomato plants in the autumn we’re starting to sow broad beans and peas and thinking of spring, and all through winter we cut salad and other leaf vegetables from the garden. But if I had to choose a start to the gardening year it would be now when we are sowing our tomato plants and soon will be sowing peppers and courgettes, because these Mediterranean vegetables seem to be the most important in our cooking and in most gardens in this area. So I felt very excited this morning when we sowed seven varieties of tomato seeds:
Roma and Andean for sauces and bottling
Ananas and Coeur de Boeuf for salads
Languedoc – a local variety which is well adapted to hot dry conditions
Saint-Pierre – an all-round variety which usually crops well, although not so well last year
Marmande – a variety from the south-west of France, which didn’t do very well last time we grew it here (maybe it’s too hot and dry for it), but we’re giving it another chance this year
All these varieties of seeds are now on the seed starter box which Lo Jardinièr made two years ago. As soon as the tomatoes have germinated we’ll start the peppers on it.
The new gardening year has begun!