I am slowly moving to the countryside. My next visit to my future home is in April. After that, I won't probably be back until Summer, I'd like to plant stuff in April that will have some chances to survive until I'm back.
My observations about the location:
- Soil seems very good, right now it's full of cover wild plants: clover and other local plants.
- Location is in Mallorca, it gets very hot in summer, and it's generally dry, but luckily my place it's in a valley that protects it from the sun and keeps it more humid. It's also very protected from the wind.
- This year it has rained more than ever and there is a water stream at full capacity passing through my land. So I assume the land is holding more water than ever.
- Also I have some wood from pruning that I plan to use to create some hugelcultur beds.
I am thinking about building this hugel beds, mulching as much as possible and then planting during my first week there. After that I can take care of the plants for a couple weeks before leaving again.
I checked a calendar and the typical local plants you can plant here in this season are: Aubergines, corn, chard, pumpkin, squash, cucumber, spinach, lettuce, melon, green beans, sweet potato, pepper, leek, radish, watermelon and tomato.
So, which ones are more likely to survive a couple months without any help? I could theoretically ask someone to pass by and water them if it gets too hot.
Thanks for any ideas or suggestions and please ask any questions you might have!
I would suggest vines that can take off and run. From your list, that would include watermelons, squash, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin, and melons. You might add some nasturtiums into the mix, they do well in a Mediterranean climate, and will take some of the insect pest pressure off.
I agree with John's suggestions - big viney plants like squash will root along the vine, will spread out to help shade out weeds, and will add a lot of biomass.
I would also add in some legumes - peas, beans, chickpeas - to add nitrogen and biomass. If you grow drying beans and peas, they'll dry on the vine, and you can just cut the plants off at the soil and thresh the seeds, then put all the vines back onto the soil as organic matter to incorporate into the bed.
And maybe some big rooted things like yacon, to add more goodies to the soil.
Keep us informed as to how it goes! I love to see garden experiments.