Thursday, 3 March 2016

Sowing and potting up

This past week, I have started to sow the first vegetables in the greenhouse to get a jump start with my raised Sqaure Foot Garden bed. I have been sowing sugarpeas 'Oregon Sugar Pod' in the two rootainers on the left. A small tray with spicy salad leaves, which have been germinated already. Today I added  the lettuce 'Little Gem' in the small propagator on the right. And shallots 'Red Sun' on the second shelf.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Helleborus Days

We went back to the nursery 'De Hessenhof', where we have bougth most plants in our garden. Now they were having the Helleborus days, with lots of flowering Helleborus species. We already knew which species we would like to have in our garden. You see them here.

Helleborus x 'Lichtroze'  (pale pink)
This pink variaty gets more pink when the flower gets older.

Helleborus x 'Wit Driedubbel' (triple white)

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Storing my seed packages

I found this one a couple of years ago on Pinterest. Some old CD-books in which I used to take my music CD's with me in my car. Now they contain my small seed packages.
CD-book turns into Seed-book
How do you store your seeds?

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Today's seed order arrival

Yes, yes, yes ... I always get happy during the winter, when a package like this arrives. This seasons I had to buy a lot of new seeds. The last time I ordered seeds must have been a couple of years ago, when I still had my allotment. Last year, season 2015, I tried to get the best out of the left-overs, but some of it did not germinate anymore. So I had to order fresh seed for my Square Foot Garden and the greenhouse. I tried a new supplier, Vreekens Zaden (in dutch),because they have more choice in biological seeds and in special seeds.

Seed order 2016
I also wanted to try the Rootrainer. Seems perfect to get the sweetpeas started. I can not wait to try it.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Last summer

While I went through some old photos, I found this lovely picture.
Sunflower with a heart shaped center - summer 2015
My giant sunflower with a heart shaped center and two  different species of bumblebees.

Well, I can not wait anymore ... I want spring time. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Big dreams, small spaces.

It started about 10 or 11 years ago, I guess in 2005. I missed the taste of fresh vegetables and my wife didn't know an other taste than that of vegetables from the supermarket. I sowed some carrots in pots and I knew what her reaction would be. And for me al the memories of my childhood, helping my parents at the allotment, came back. The next season I had my own allotment of 200 square meters. And ....yes... It was too big. 

After a few years I decreased the size by half. But still, with a bussy workinglife and growing kids, I still didn't manage to keep it all tidy and productive. The allotment was at the other side of the village. So every visit had to be planned. And to go out there for just 10 minutes ...oh no... that never happend. 

In the summer of 2014, I knew I had to stop with this allotment, I just did not have enough time. I told my wife about it and she said, knowing my gardening meens a lot to me, "Why don't we reconstruct our back garden?" The kids did not play at the lawn anymore and the trees were too big. We have a suburban back garden about 10 meters by 8 meters. Which contains a shed, a terras, a path, big trees, some flowers and a lawn.  

My garden autumn 2014
When I started with the allotment, I also started watching Gardener's World at BBC2. Since then I am a big fan of the program and I discovered some related programs too. And now we decided to change the garden the BBC started the first serie of "Big dreams, small spaces", which was very inspiring for us.  Doing all the heavy duty tasks on my own, I took a year to get the backbone of my garden in place. And to avoid summer sandstorms, we had sown a meadow flower mix. You can see a compilation of those changes underneath
Garden make over 2015
It was hard work, but very rewarding. It's a combination of a cottage flower garden and an edible garden. A place to relax, to enjoy flowers, vegatables, fruit and wildlife in every season. And because we created this garden ourselves, it is our pride.
Result autumn 2015