It’s that time in the year again in which I spent a lot of time in my Garden. It needs care and as a reward makes me happy by showing what grows if you care about the nature.
Let’s walk around in the Garden (and a bit in time as well):
First strawberries are ready to crop. They’re in their second year which means they will produce much more over the next years.
Broad beans flowered and are now building their fruits.
I prepared the Scythe, bought a new (slightly longer) blade and mowed the lawn with it.
The chive here was planted in Summer last year and is now producing seeds for me.
One of the Iris flowers.
The first Calendula (marigold) are blossoming, I still have thousands of seeds from last year’s crop and it looks like another big crop this year. We’ll also crop the petals for tea and hand-made skin care products.
I missed to crop all Easter radish (it was simply too much) so it’s now going to flower and I hope to get seeds from it for next year.
An example of a mixed cultivation bed here with garlic (planted in autumn last year), salad, cabbage, beans, and chard.
The flower bed with this beauty of a mallow.
Cornflowers and phacelia are blossoming all over the place now, too.
Two Paprika plants, let’s see how this year’s crop will be. Usually, they don’t grow too well in my area but last year was pretty successful so we try again.
Some more insights into mixed culture, this time you can see peas, radish, various types of salad, and carrots.
This is the view from the Garden, this year we also built a fence against deers and rabbits who love to eat our vegetables, too.
Early potatoes are blossoming now which means they’ll soon be ready to be digged out and eaten.
A bee on a spring onion blossom. They’re not ours but a neighbour has four populations nearby.
Aubergine plants—I have still some hope that it’ll produce some fruits but let’s see. These are also plants who usually grow in way more southern countries.
The tomatoes, however, look great and I can’t wait for the first fruits to eat.
Stinging nettle with seeds, it’s time to get a couple of them, they’re very healthy.
This is the potatoe bed a couple of weeks ago.
The spinach on the right side is already done for this year and will hopefully give me some seeds for next spring.
The onions are growing well and I hope to be able to crop them towards end of July.
Last year I lost hope in this flower and now it’s appearing and it’s so nice: Arnica. Although not enough to get any petals, I hope I can get seeds and grow more of it over time.
A view from the lake nearby where since June I regularly swim in the mornings or evenings to relax a bit.
See how many vine louses are on the Broad beans? But lady beetles love them and gladly, we have enough of them.
The Kohlrabi, to be ready later this year.
I currently crop about this amount of peas every second day, they’re delicious!
This is the beautiful Nigella (black cumin).
Winter rye, now getting ready for crop in July. It’s nearly 2m high and looks amazing!
The potato beetle is harming my potato plants. I’m trying to fight them a bit with organic repellents like ground coffee, Neem tea and chili/garlic tea. It seems to help at least a little bit.
I found this field with countless of wild (probably Russian) Iris flowers when riding my bike through the area.
One evening, I decided spontaneously to cook in the Garden. More camping planned this year!
New compost, right above 60deg C which is perfect to kill seeds in there. After four weeks now it already looks promising and might be ready in a few more weeks.
I am truly thankful for the opportunity of having some ground that I can cultivate, for the nature to be so productive. To nature which says thank you if you show you care, to the craft of producing something to eat.
It transforms my thoughts about life, about respecting people and nature and makes me a happier and more reflective person.