Edible Displays: Mediterranean Mix

Transform any warm, sunny corner with this exuberant mix of fruiting vegetable crops and flowers.

From: DK Books - Fruits and Vegetables
Mediterranean Mix of Flowers and Vegetables

Mediterranean Mix of Flowers and Vegetables

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

This Mediterranean garden recipe includes a diverse range of tomato cultivars, teaming a striped ‘Tigerella,’ with the cherry tomato ‘Conchita’ and intensely sweet orange-yellow ‘Sungold.’ Eggplants thrive in similar conditions and their silvery foliage, mauve flowers and glossy fruits look pretty in pots. Complete the composition with a flourish of fiery orange marigolds.

Step 1: Choose Containers

Select pots with a minimum diameter of 10 inches for tomatoes and eggplants and six-inch pots for marigolds. These containers should suit a sun-baked patio or balcony, or a conservatory or greenhouse. Use multipurpose compost, and ensure the plants are warm with full sun and shelter from wind.

Step 2: Go Shopping

Buy the following flowers and vegetables: one pot marigold (Calendula), one eggplant, one tomato ‘Sungold’, one tomato ‘Tigerella’ and one tomato ‘Conchita’.

Step 3: Plant Flowers and Vegetables

Harden off young tomato and eggplant plants in late spring and plant out once the risk of frost is over. Check pots have drainage holes, and plant the tomatoes. Plant the eggplants and marigolds at the same level as they were in their original pots. Once planted, add stakes to support tall tomatoes and raise up pots planted with trailing types. Water plants consistently, never allowing the compost to dry out, and feed at least weekly with a tomato fertilizer once the first fruits appear. 

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