April 29th 2016 New planting in the vegetable garden

My tomato plants were very tall and leggy; I decided the only solution was to plant them in the ground despite a couple of nights of low temperatures and high winds had been forecast.

Large sized tomatoes, mixed on the RHS and Roma on the LHS

Large sized tomatoes, mixed on the RHS and Roma on the LHS

A couple of the tomato plants have died, but I have a few spares which I’ll plant out next week.

Small and currant tomatoes

Small and currant tomatoes

I planted all the tomatoes deep as they are one plant that will produce more roots on the stem if it is in contact with the soil, I hope this will help anchor them.

Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights', with sage in the bed behind

Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’, with sage in the bed behind

I've planted out some of the salad into the Asparagus bed

I’ve planted out some of the salad into the Asparagus bed

The Asparagus has produced a reasonable amount of stems this year, but I am still undecided as to whether they are worth the space.

Courgettes and Small squash planted out 26th April

Courgettes and Small squash planted out 26th April

Peas are about ready to pick if I want them as Mange tout, Broad beans are forming pods

Peas are about ready to pick if I want them as Mange tout, Broad beans are forming pods

Still to be planted out are Bell peppers, aubergines, chillies of various types, cucumbers, sweet corn and Butternut squash.

Dwarf beans, yard long beans will be sown directly into the ground as space becomes available.

What vegetables are you growing this year?

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31 thoughts on “April 29th 2016 New planting in the vegetable garden

  1. I lifted my aparagus in Autumn feeling after five years it was not productive enough for the amount of space it occupied. How lovely to be able to grow outdoor tomatoes in quantity- I have seedling plants growing for the greenhouse beds for when the weather is more stable. And your peas look amazing. Mine are very spindly and I plan to guide them into the netting this weekend in the hope that they start climbing and leafing up.

    • My peas are described as dwarf but last year they grew quite tall so I always put netting up. I’m still undecided about the asparagus. I think if I end up being short of space for other things I’ll pull it up.

      • I’m growing very similar things to you with the exception of the asparagus. Even though we’re near a region famed for growing it, I canโ€™t really get excited about it.

  2. Hi Christina your garden looks magnificent. Tomatoes are already very high and have endured the cold very well. I due to the sudden illness of my father we had to come to Madrid to admit you in the hospital. He is already registered but now has to go to many medical specialists. So my garden is abandoned to their fate and in the garden this year not planted anything. But I view with pleasure garden that promises to be wonderful. Greetings from Margarita.

      • Christina thank you very much for your concern. It was not anything serious because it has taken has time. But it is older and whenever he gets sick their health suffers. But life is so. A much care for him and to love him more. Christina again thank you for your wishes for a speedy recovery. Greetings from Margarita.

  3. I’m getting a better appreciation of just how large your property must be, Christina. In addition to your flower cutting garden, it looks as though you’re going to have a very productive vegetable garden. I think 4 or 5 tomato plants is the most I’ve supported at one time but this year I’m not even trying to grow vegetables. I just can’t provide them the water they need to thrive. I have one raised planter containing a mix of herbs but the other 2 hold mainly flowers for cutting.

  4. What a wonderful vegetable garden, I like the durable landscaping materials you’ve used which make life so much easier. I’m sorry to say these days we seem to grow less veg than I’d like, I stick to things either I can’t buy so readily where I live or simply taste so much better picked fresh from the garden.

    • I think your approach to vegetable growing is the right one Kate; growing things that are very cheap in the shops and easily bought isn’t the best use of space.

  5. Beautiful beds, so well planted. I am very impressed! The sage and the peas are growing miraculously well – enjoy the harvest of your efforts!
    One thing that rather surprises me is how careful you have to be about the weather conditions – I had not realized gardening in Italy would be so challenging.
    Our cherry tomato plants are growing well; I am training most of them at an angle to see if this works better than straight stakes. The beetroot are good; chard exceptionally good; mangetout not very productive; salad leaves prolific, and supplemented by rocket in our daily salad bowl. Herbs are the real stars of our garden, though, possibly because of the weather and soil conditions.
    All in all, not a bad season in Cairo so far!

    • Our climate isn’t really Mediterranean even though we are only about 40 miles from the coast. This year the spring weather has been particularly challenging. Winter can have some (not many) very cold days, you never know when so you have to plan in the possibility.

  6. I am exhausted with my small veg beds, but oh my look at all your veggies….just getting greens started, radish, peas and some herbs up. Warm veggies will be out in a month….can’t wait.

      • You surely will be. I would have that goal if I had a longer growing season. For now we await the first harvest of early greens and radishes. The rain today and tomorrow will get them growing faster.

  7. With more space I wonder if I would grow more veg than I do – or just create more borders..?! What a lot of tomatoes you will have – will you eat them all fresh? Here basically just greenhouse tomatoes, climbing French beans, some mange tout, salad leaves and rocket, and oca from Janet at Plantaliscious. Pleased to say I also growing and using more herbs too.

  8. The beds look so ordered and well tended, what a contrast to my own garden! I love your tomato supports.
    I am growing far to many onions this year. I’ve been planting more and more this year and am at a point where there is room for little else including the eggplant and tomato seedlings which are still safely indoors under light. I suppose I’ll deal with those when the time comes (still a few more weeks for us)

  9. What a great way to grow tomatoes Christina! I use the silver metal twizzly posts that are so popular here (and look good too) – but your method ensures they don’t get blown about too much if there’s a wind.

  10. We are not supposed to plant anything tender out like tomatoes until the Saintes de Glace have passed – after 13 May this year. So we have a problem as we are going to England for a week. People who have gardens shouldn’t grow seeds and then decide to travel. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Amelia

    • I read somewhere that true gardeners are only allowed to have holidays in November; at any other time it can only be a couple of days away from the garden! Doesn’t work with life does it?

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