3559Re: Planning edible/ornamental garden in N Spain
- Jan 7, 2009...also courgettes:
..that is a round variety.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jim" <cromlech108@...> wrote:
> Hi Robert etc.
> I'm a fan of squashes and pumpkins. I think they look good, produce
> fantastic food also and are quite easy to grow outside in southern
> so should be even better where you are. They like a good soil, try
> and keep green growth contained somewhat if you want fruits. You
> grow them up framworks, if you have just one variety that is true
> breeding you can save the seed...don't bother saving seed from
> fertilised fruits, it usually turns out to be worthless. Try local
> supplier or the Organic Gardening Catalogue has plenty of varieties:
> Cucumbers are good also. I grow in a cold greenhouse, but with the
> warmer summers there outdoor varieties will do well I should think.
> In terms of pereninal fruiting climbers, thats something I'm just
> getting into myself. Perhaps Passiflora?
> Thornless loganberry is very very lush and can be grown on a
> (That bramble is Tayberry I think)
> --- In email@example.com, "Robert Alcock" <ralcock@> wrote:
> > Hi group,
> > I need your advice. I'm planning the edible/ornamental garden
> > our cabin. We are in Northern Spain, with a maritime climate
> > pretty similar to southern Britain but about 3 degrees warmer.
> > that grow well there will probably grow better here. The area
> > the garden is gets full sun for most of the day. The soil is heavy
> > clay, but I'll try to make sure the garden has plenty of organic
> > I want plants that will take and stay there without having to be
> > planted again every year. I want the garden to produce a
> > quantity of tasty food for us with minimum effort (weeding and
> > harvesting, basically). I'd also like it to be ornamental, with
> > attractively coloured plants and flowers in there. So I'm looking
> > perennial or self-seeding annual herbs, shrubs and vines, which
> > these criteria.
> > My partner has put in a specific request for a vine with showy
> > like bougainvillea, but I'd like it to be one that's also edible!
> > Because I'm not a very experienced gardener, I don't get much from
> > just reading a seed catalogue - even specialised ones like ART.
> > like to ask members of the group to recommend some plants that
> > grow and would suggest for use in a garden like this. Also, some
> > places to obtain the plants (in the EU, preferably).
> > Here's a partial list of what we've already got growing there:
> > Grape trained on pergola (2 vars)
> > Goji
> > Nasturtium
> > Marigold
> > Rosemary
> > Thyme
> > Stevia
> > Parsley
> > Coriander
> > Mint (2 vars)
> > Kiwi (m+f)
> > Your suggestions are much appreciated!
> > Robert
> > PS. To see some photos of the cabin and the land, visit
> > www.abrazohouse.org/gallery2
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