Monday, 2 July 2012

HOME ALONE AND BUSY, BUSY, BUSY....

Our very first olives ... ever!
Plums on our plum tree
At the moment half of the Fethiye Fogies is in the Uk, David has returned to England to sort out the rest of our belongings - there will be no turning back then, all bridges will be burnt. So the other half  'Moi' is not getting out and about much at the moment, being busy holding the fort.


Who knew Okra grew upwards?
I am currently pool maintenance person, head gardener, cleaner, shopper, laundry maid and servant to the cats and dogs, so not much time for anything else. I did however, manage to attend the third Turkish lesson, where to my delight there were two new recruits so I rose the ranks very slightly. No doubt they will have time to have done their homework and overtake me by next week! But I don't care because as luck would have it they live further out of Uzumlu along our road, so this means that starting next week they have agreed to give me a lift - no more walking back pushing the bike up the hill - Hooray!!!!

Our home grown apples
Beans plants are growing
The garden has been hard work as I ignored it for two weeks getting ready for, and having my daughter to stay. But today I can see I am winning the battle and it is really satisfying to see that our hard work is actually producing some results. We both enjoy gardening but when we were both working we didn't have time to do much so it is great to be able to grow our own fruit and vegetables.

Pomegranates are starting to grow

Actually, in Turkey there is very little need to grow your own produce because fruit and vegetables are plentiful and inexpensive. There are fruit and vegetables here that we had never seen before and walking through the Fethiye produce market on a Friday is an absolute delight. The vegetables here are so varied and good that sometimes we realise that we haven't actually eaten meat for several days and we haven't even missed it. 
Big peppers.....
and little chilli peppers
Cucumbers for our salad
However, as we have a fair sized garden we choose to still grow some of our own and at the moment we have plums on the plum tree, apples on the apple tree, peaches which are the best I have ever tasted, tiny pomegranates just starting to grow and even olives on the olive tree. The first of the tomatoes are now ready, and we also have cucumbers, peppers, okra - I never knew they grew upwards! - fresh herbs, the cabbages are coming on well for the winter and the melon plants are full of flowers so there is some hope there too!  
Courgettes are coming along
But I am slowly coming to realise that gardening in England, where we really don't have to worry too much about watering, is very different to gardening in Turkey. I can see now why the Turks plant their vegetables in rows in a trough and ideally on a slope because then you use minimum amount of water as it reaches the plants quickly and isn't wasted across the rest of the garden. If the trough does slope you can just put a hose at the end of the row and the water will run along of it's own momentum - simples!  Of course for the first few weeks we watered the English way and wasted no end of water. The other advantage of course is that the foliage doesn't get wet, the water goes straight down to the roots, obvious really - but it's taken me three months to realise. Living in Turkey is such a learning curve.
Big tomatoes .......
and aubergine

and little tomaotes




Oh, and new cat has a name - Çingene (pronounced chingena) which is Turkish for Gypsy and seems very apt.

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