One of the many benefits living here is the established garden, which includes a kitchen garden and numerous citrus trees situated throughout the property. Needless to say, the garden is an on-going concern, which is lovingly tended by staff. My main focus here in my garden diaries will be the produce from the garden and a new herb plot I am planning. The garden is watered by a well, an effort to conserve a precious resource in this hot Mediterranean climate, making this place a lovely eco-friendly green space in the centre of Athens. Of course, we don’t have to worry too much about water supplies at the moment, now that we’ve entered the rainy autumn season.
In the vegetable garden, plants are set in for the winter season: broccoli, leeks, fennel (from seed), onions, various salad varieties – rocket, lamb’s lettuce, radicchio. I have to confess that I cannot take credit for the kitchen garden; I simply enjoy the produce.
Also, I’m waiting for winter, the season for the citrus plants – lemon, bitter orange, mandarin, grapefruit – which grow in abundance here. I will look for a lime tree at the garden nursery when I go. Ideally, I would like a quick growing one that will begin to produce within a year, and would welcome any suggestions from those of you who are more familiar with citrus cultivation.
After discussing things with various people here, I think we have identified a place to establish a herb garden, ideally just outside the kitchen door. At the moment, it is barren soil which will need work over the winter before it can be planted up.
Seeds need to be sown and cuttings taken. And, of course, I have all winter to plan.
I also wonder if raspberries and loganberries would grow well. An experiment to try…
There is also the garden fauna to consider, so perhaps I should protect my herb garden with an edging of box. Lots to think about.