Welcome to the fifth in our series of gardening articles written by local resident and keen gardener, Lee Stevenson (aka An English Gardener in Çalış).

September Sowing

Now that the weather in Fethiye should start to be getting cooler (especially in the evenings) it will be easier to start growing from seed straight in the soil where the plants are intended to grow.

Radish, carrot, lettuce and beetroot (sow in succession for regular pickings) can be sown in sunny spots whereas greens prefer a shady spot along with cauliflower, broccoli, onions, garlic, spring cabbage, strawberries and salad leaves. Try growing runner beans as they are fast growing and the flowers like cooler evenings to set into beans.

Flowers that can be sown from seed now include:

  • Nasturtiums (plant near brassicas and other veg to help repel bugs and encourage greenfly to the nasturtium, leaving your tea alone)
  • Marigolds (another insect helping plant as attracts beneficial insects)
Marigolds in full bloom
  • Cornflowers
  • Poppies
  • California Poppy
  • English Marigold 
  • Sweet Peas 
  • Alyssum 
  • Columbine 
  • Hollyhock
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Poppies add a lovely splash of colour to a garden

Most of these won’t flower until next year but will be bigger stronger plants.

Colour

If you want some colour in your gardens, the following plants will give you flowers until early next year. Some can be bought as small plants at the market but most you will have to buy as seeds.

  • Asters
  • Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
  • Chrysanthemum (there are lots of different colours & sizes), 
  • Cosmos, 
  • Daisies 
  • Marigolds 
  • Pansies 
  • Petunias 
  • Snapdragons
Ornamental Kale. Photo Credit: Tsem Rinpoche

Harvest time

If you find yourself with an abundance of fruit or are simply harvesting (scrumping) the neighbours figs there are plenty of recipes online to make desserts, jams, pickles etc.

You can even try drying fruit or stringing up chillies and hanging them from your balconies to dry. You may see a lot of this at the moment as it’s an easy way to store chillies for use when they are out of season.

How does your garden grow? Lee’s gardening advice – September is here and there's plenty to be done

Freezing is also an option but remember slice your produce first as it can be a bit squishy after defrosting.

Hot Stuff

You may or may not know that I became interested in gardening by watching my Mum potter in the garden and going to markets with my Nan buying plants for hanging baskets.

I have always had an interest in the different and unusual plants that can be grown. Growing hot chillies is my favourite; not your average hot Turkish chilli but the ones you see at chilli eating competitions.

I like spicy food and regularly take some chillies out with me if I know I am going to eat out and need my food ‘spiced’ up. I even gave some to Çalış Beach Indian Restaurant and, this year, Hulki grew plants from them.

I don’t normally eat the ‘hot’ ones straight from the plant but I am in the process of helping to organise a chilli eating competition at one of the local bars in Fethiye. Who knows, if it’s a success it may be a yearly thing.

Some of the chillies I am currently growing include:

  • Carolina Reaper 2,200,000 (Scoville Scale)
  • Infinity Chilli 1,067,286 (Scoville Scale)
  • Komodo Dragon Yellow 1,400,000 (Scoville Scale)
  • Big Brown Kathumby 300,000 (Scoville Scale)
  • Scorpion chilli 2,009,231 (Scoville Scale)
  • Joes super Long 20,000 (Scoville Scale)
  • Satan’s Kiss 40,000 (Scoville Scale)
  • Pink Tiger 600,000 (Scoville Scale)
How does your garden grow? Lee’s gardening advice – September is here and there's plenty to be done
Habernero chillies growing in Lee’s garden 100,000 – 350,000 (Scoville Scale)

These Scoville numbers are the average recorded as some could be even hotter. For a reference your hottest Jalepeno pepper is 8,000 units

How does your garden grow? Lee’s gardening advice – September is here and there's plenty to be done

Any questions relating to this article or any gardening questions please ask in the usual way and I will try to help.

Happy Growing.

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