How To Grow An Ibizan Food Garden by Gardener Jac

3rd February 2015
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There´s nothing more rewarding than growing your own food to create and make your own recipes. At The Ibiza Kitchen we intend to bring to you the knowledge and expertise of Gardener Jac, a self professed food lover who also happens to be a dab hand in the garden.

We have started a growing project together, firstly to eat our own delicious home grown ingredients but secondly to help you, our Ibiza friends learn, so you can grow too. This is just the start and we will update on a regular basis with learnings from the garden and recipes created from our spoils.

Gardener Jac is very happy to take your questions if you have them, just email us on info@theibizakitchen.com and she will happily give you the advice you need.

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As the soil temperature gradually rises, the first raised beds are prepared. By preparing them a few weeks before they are needed, the soil and compost has chance to settle and warm up.  Each bed has a very different soil type meaning planting is according to the plants soil and sun requirements rather than what might look the best. The first few raised beds are really high in sand content, so the beetroot, carrot and radish will love it here. The peas and beans will thrive too at the back of each bed, partly shaded by the potting shed wall.

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The large pots planted with the early sowings of beetroot, radish, borage and courgettes are placed on the prepped beds, further helping to warm the soil and ensure any nutrients lost through the bottom of the pots goes straight into the bed beneath. The pots are still being covered with a plastic cloche at night to ensure that the germinated seeds aren’t affected by any surprising low night-time temperatures and with the high winds that we’ve had on the island the last few days the cloche helps to protect the tiny seedlings as they push up to the sun.

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Each pot has quite a few large stones and shingle at the bottom as water logging the seeds will prevent germination, then filled with a mix of sand, compost and topsoil. Growing solely in compost can produce seedlings that shoot quickly but maybe don’t grow a good root system – mixing compost with top soil or earth also means the surface wont ‘bake’ in the sun too much either. The chances are the top soil will also contain some worms and larvae, which will rapidly improve the nutrient content of the entire pot.  In the true form of up cycling that we love so much, we plant in anything we can find that is waterproof and has a means of drainage. As everything we grow will transplant to the garden, the pots and containers only need to suffice for a few weeks whilst the seeds establish. Recycled yoghurt pots, orange juice cartons and even empty water bottles make great planters.

Meanwhile in the potting shed, the seed trays are filled with the tomato, fennel, pepper, chilli, marigold, viola, nasturtium, pak choi, onion, watercress and herb seeds. Whilst the purple potatoes are rapidly shooting on the windowsill in their cardboard egg tray home to give them the best chance of rooting once they are planted out.

That´s it for this week, we will keep you updated on Gardener Jacs progress.

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Happy Gardening Ibiza :)

 

 

 



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