The Vegetable Garden – El Huerto – A Late Start

26 May

5 Days Ago...the story starts

It´s the end of May and we only got round to planting out all those little plant plugs on 21st May, shame on us.  We´re usually at least a few weeks earlier, but never mind.  The weather seems to be turning to summer, and I took a little look around this morning to see how things were doing.  Five days on, and I couldn´t believe my eyes.  Fortunately things catch up quickly here and I know, at least if the weather stays fine, we´ll be eating most of what we´re growing now into November.

The runner beans seem to be growing a few cm each day.  Luckily we have plenty of canes for them. We had to put down some slug pellets, not really in keeping with our organic aims, but there seems to be a plague of slugs and snails this year.

Jack and The Beanstalk...

The broad beans are still in full production, the freezer is also well stocked for when they do die off in a few weeks.

Beans, beans are good for you...!

We´re very excited about our potatoes as we´ve never grown them before. Big Man was reluctant as they do take up a fair amount of space.  However, they´re drying out now and will be ready to dig up soon, then once we´ve dug over the soil and given it whatever (organic) feed it needs, we´re going to put other things in.  I have seeds for dwarf runner beans (including some very funky yellow ones, which I´m quite excited about).  We´ll definitely put some radishes in as they grow so quickly, and then some lettuces as choices here in the shops locally are mainly limited to lettuce hearts or iceberg.

Tired Potato Plants - which is good!

Last year a neighbour gave us some little cucumber plants which he had grown from seeds of his previous year´s crop.  They went crazy and we had loads of delicious little cucumbers all summer long.  We took his advice and saved the seeds from one cucumber which we let grow fat and sad looking.  We planted them 5 days ago, and despite Big Man being convinced that nothing would come of them, this morning we found lots of little sprouts…we´re so proud!

Tiny Cucumber Sprout - Future Gazpacho Ingredient

Our artichokes continue to flourish, but we will put some new plants in this year as the current ones are now three years old and getting tired.

Artichoke leaves, a perfect snack for slugs

Our tomatoes, peppers and aubergines have taken root well. 

Pepper or Pimiento

Big Man hates aubergines (or eggplants) with a passion. I, on the other hand, adore them. Sometimes I sneak them into dishes without telling him and he cant always tell.  I love Melanzane Alla Parmigiana, and make this as a treat all to myself so we have planted a little row of them to keep me happy.

Aubergines. Love ´em or hate ´em?

And our lovely little lemon tree seems to have found its pace and keeps us supplied with juicy fruit for squeezing over grilled meats, making dressings and slicing into our “sun downers”.

Ice and a slice anyone?

And just to prove that it´s not all about veggies, here´s a gratuitous shot of one of our roses…

Roses are red...

Happy growing!!!

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14 Responses to “The Vegetable Garden – El Huerto – A Late Start”

  1. thecompletecookbook May 26, 2011 at 10:21 #

    What a lovely post! I loved seeing your veggie garden and your beautiful roses, thanks for sharing it with us. I am looking forward to seeing what you make with your home grown produce.
    🙂 Mandy

    • chicaandaluza May 26, 2011 at 12:08 #

      Thanks Mandy – I am childishly excited about what I´ll be making this summer!

  2. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide May 26, 2011 at 11:43 #

    Wow, your garden is amazing. So much space and light. And you weren’t exaggerating about the artichokes either. Gorgeous.

    • chicaandaluza May 26, 2011 at 12:10 #

      We are so lucky to have this space – and it´s a dull day today, when the sun is shining it looks brighter. The sun goes down on the mountains at the back, so the plants get the sun most of the day. Hope your veggies are doing well – they´re ahead of ours I think, so you´ll soon be enjoying them!

  3. Linda May 26, 2011 at 13:03 #

    I am so jealous! My dad had the best garden and I just have never been able to bring out my gardening skills except for herbs! How cool that you can grow artichokes!!

    • chicaandaluza May 26, 2011 at 17:29 #

      Hi Linda and thanks for popping by! Artichokes take a while to get going, but once they´re settled you can just forget about them and they very kindly just keep giving you more artichokes! Just popped over to your blog…very nice, will go back for a better look soon!

  4. Olga SE May 26, 2011 at 16:59 #

    You’re so lucky to have a garden of your own! We’ve just bought a piece of land but haven’t yet built anything on it. Not even a fence. And the land itself needs thorough cleaning up. I’m dreaming of growing fennel in the first place. 🙂

    • chicaandaluza May 26, 2011 at 17:26 #

      Funnily enough, fennel was one of the first things I planted a few years ago. Hold the dream, it will happen one day soon!

  5. Juliana May 26, 2011 at 22:09 #

    Oh! Beautiful garden…I wish I had enough space to place all this veggies…lucky you 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing these lovely pictures. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    • chicaandaluza May 27, 2011 at 07:22 #

      Thank you Juliana for your kind words. We are very lucky indeed to have this space, we enjoy it so much. Even the digging seems less awful when we think about what it´s for!

  6. trevorhunt May 27, 2011 at 15:49 #

    Wow..what a plot! My broad beans are nowhere near as good as yours. Lovely to try out things and then, surprise, they work! Well done to you for saving cucumber seeds and getting them to germinate again. You obviously both have green fingers.

  7. JamieAnne May 28, 2011 at 01:52 #

    Beautiful garden!!

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