Friday, 12 October 2007

Our autumn garden (Ο φθινοπωρινός κήπος)

Here are a couple of snapshots of our garden at the moment. Notice that the peppers and aubergines have taken a new lease of life from the cooler weather; they are by far the most productive crops in our garden. We have also planted some lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. They need constant watering, and we haven't had any rain since May. God help us through the winter (if there is going to be any).

Artichokes are an unusual vegetable; they are a favorite salad crop in Crete. The artichoke shrub dies down completely at the end of spring, and resurfaces in the beginning of autumn, in the same place where it had last been seen in the garden. The one in the photo is intercropping with a zucchini plant; I captured this shot because it looked so unusual - a summer vegetable and a winter vegetable entwined together harmoniously!

Apart from the artichokes, the rest of the winter garden is not doing so well; even if it is early October, the temperatures are still very high, averaging a maximum of 27-28 degrees Celsius daily. We really do want to see rain; winter crops (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and lettuce) are deperate for moisture, but all we can provide them with is dry brown soil.

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See also:
A day in the field
The rape of the countryside

A summer garden
A winter garden
Table olives