I have a small plot in Portugal (Castelo Branco) that I would like to plant with edible plants. However, I have little knowledge of growing in that climate and I will not be there year round. So, I am looking for suggestions for low maintenance plants suitable to that climate. There are the obvious ones I see growing there already e.g. grape, olive, fig, citrus. I was thinking about maybe peach, strawberries and passionfruit plant? Does anyone know if this would work or have other suggestions please?
Winter Zone 9
Summer AHS Zone 8
Rain: 31inch/year (Sept-Jan =20, Feb-May=10, Jun-Aug=1.5)
AppleTrees(Anna, Dorsett Golden, Fuji, Pettingill, Winter Banana, Beverly Hills)
Apricot Trees (Royal, Blenheim)
Avocado Trees (Hass, Fuerte)
Berries (Blackberries, Raspberries)
Blueberries: O'Neal and Sunshine
Mulberries (Black Persian, Oscar, Pakistan, White Pakistan and Weeping Teas)
Atemoya (African Pride)
Cherimoya (Dr. White)
Guava Tree (Arrian, Bangkok, Giant Vietnamese, Hawaiian)
Kaffir Plum Tree
Coffee (Red Oxacan)
Mango (Manila, Adaulfo & Elefant, Corriente)
Nectarines (Golden, EZ Pick Snow)
Mexican Papaya Tree
Palm Trees (Dates, JellyPalm)
Passion Fruit Peach Trees ( Babcock, Saturn, Donut, Desert Gold, Santa Barbara, Earligrande)
Asian Pear Trees (Shinko, 20th Century, Shinseiki)
Asian Persimmon Trees
Plum Trees (Beauty, Inco, Green Gage,Santa Rosa)
Looking at the USDA zones, you should be able to grow pretty much anything that grow in the Temperate/Sub Tropics. It really depends on the soil type/s, availability of water, and aspect (orientation to the sun, prevailing winds).
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Thanks for the ideas. I’ve not even heard of some of those so i’ve got some reading to do. I’ll be there at a different time each year so they pretty much have to be self sufficient with a bit of pruning, mulching occasionally.
Laura, im too in Castelo Branco área and generalizing, as i dont know anything about your place, forget subtropical plantas.
The ones you said, again generalizing, grape vines, olives, figs, are the best chance you have. Even more so if you'll Be away for long períods of time.
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