Categorie: Gardening

A week of eating from the garden/ spring

It’s fun to see how what we eat has changed so completely since the last time I wrote “A week of eating from the garden” three months ago. In spring, it’s the greens that dominate in the garden and on…

Edible garden in April 2015

It is the kids’ spring break and tomorrow we’re leaving for France for a few days. I would like to take this opportunity to say how awesome it is to have kids who are big enough (and willing) to help…

Seasonal bouquet – spring bulbs

Left to right: narcissus “Ice Follies”, Muscari armeniacum, hyacinth “White festival”, Scilla bifolia, Narcissus “Cragford”, crocus “Jeanne d’Arc”, blue hyacinth (might be “Blue Star”) April means the first cut flowers from the garden. A bit of beauty in the middle…

Seasonal Salad – early April

As mild as the winter has been for us (with a total of one day when the temperature did not come above zero), as cold is the current spring. Which means I am delaying sowing directly outside, (except for some…

Edible garden in March 2015

People, if this is spring, I want a refund! What a difference from last year. There was a hail storm yesterday (actually several) and the ornamental plums on the other side of the street which are my barometer of spring…

Spring bulbs, 1st round

Truth be told, in early spring I do not spend that much time in the backyard. For this, the Dutch climate is mainly to blame (today for example it is cold and raining). I do get the necessary jobs done,…

Seasonal Salad – March

Last Friday I was invited as a guest teacher to the Permaculture Design Course in Deventer to answer the participants’ questions related to vegetable growing, edible forest design, mulching, improving soil fertility and anything else they wondered about. Since the…

Season 2014 in the vegetable garden

February is a difficult month. I know I should be making plans and ordering seeds, but the garden looks rather barren and no matter how long I’ve been gardening, it is difficult to believe that with a bit of input…

November in rearview mirror

As the gardening season approaches its end and the days get shorter and shorter, we only visit the allotment once a week – on Sundays. There are no urgent jobs waiting anymore and almost the only thing we do is…

A week of eating from the garden/ end of fall

Back in September when I wrote the first “A week of eating from the garden” post, I thought it would be fun to do this regularly and record how much of what we eat is homegrown and how the menu…

Bulb lasagne in a container

I have been planting spring bulbs as long as I have had a garden but I still view them as prepackaged miracles: in the fall you put a bulb in the ground and in the spring, after you all but…

October in rearview mirror

The weather in October has been very mild – no frosts yet, in fact it was the third warmest October month on record. This (and some careful planning) is the reason why the garden still looks quite full and colorful.…

Our apples

We have this game we play with the kids to keep them occupied when we have to wait somewhere. It goes like this: someone asks a question like “If you only could read one book (watch one movie/ eat one…

Garden Jobs in October

This post is a part of a series about the things I usually do/sow/harvest in my garden in a given month. I post at the beginning of each month and at the end of each month I check in to…

September in rearview mirror

While at the beginning of the month we were still eating tomatoes and kidding ourselves that summer was forever, the morning fogs, the scent of burning wood and the colorful leaves of this past week are clearly telling us that…