THE FIRST HARVEST

Our balcony has exploded in flowers and green leaves as our vegetables and fruits are growing bigger by the minute. We still have some tomatoes, beets, radishes, salad and peppers (both chili and regular) we are waiting to pick. Yet we do have early “bloomers” among them already. Our chili from last year has already…

RHUBARBS

And here I sat and wrote about how I was going to talk about rhubarbs and instead got completely swallowed by my life away from the screen. I am sorry, you guys! However, I am back, and I am ready to write as promised. About these sweet and sour wonderful leaves that grow so beautifully…

EARLY GARDEN WORK

Even though it is still slightly chilly outside and a bit too early for the huge sowing feast, there is still work to do in the garden. With your butt risen up to the sun, you can make lines with spinach, radishes and other early veggies that are more resistant to the cold than others….

LAST DAY AT WORK

The beautiful morning fog was spreading across the fields where the sheep were grazing, two of them were slightly rounder than their sisters – they were with lamb and would soon reach their due date. The willows were blooming, the rooks were building nests in the crowns of the oaks behind the buildings, and the…

SEEDS AND SPROUTS

Finally, the sprouts are peeking out from every pot in the window. There is nothing that says spring to me than a windowsill full of green sprouts. Even the beets are finally showing their fragile dark red stems. I truly and fully enjoy sitting and nursing their small figures. The ones in this picture are…

SOWING PLANS

Alright, so I am beginning to make a plan of what our greenhouse balcony shall have this season. Tomatoes, of course – it is almost a necessity. And this year, I cannot wait to try out my homemade city compost. Believe it or not… It does not smell at all! I’ll make sure to tell…

FALLING LEAVES

Crunch, crunch, crunch… Aaah, the sound of dry leaves you step on – making sure to stroll directly through the pile that has been swept to the side of the road. I love this part of autumn, and even though it has been long on the way, the leaves have finally started falling – really…

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR

You know what I mean… Colourful crunchy roots of different kind fill our gardens, supermarket and fridges. We stuff our faces with soup made from Jerusalem artichokes, fried potatoes with carrots and baked French fries from different beets and parsnips. The colours on our plate, when we serve them is a good example of how…

SPINACH BEET

I am in love with these fellas. Woah, how awesome are they?! Seriously, they stand so beautifully in the garden at this time of year where most of the veggies are harvested and eaten. I have never had spinach beets before now, and I am addicted right this very moment. I love to pick them…

READY FOR WINTER

It feels almost depressing closing the gardens for the summer. We have made a little experiment to how we can get better soil. Last year we sowed cover crop to manage soil and nutrition eruption, although I do not think it worked, because despite our flourishing gardens, the soil felt extremely hard and impenetrable. Organic…

TOMATOES ON THE BALCONY

I promised a few weeks ago that I would write about our tomatoes. We have harvested too many to count, and there are more to come. The best part of it is; we have only three plants at our balcony. The balcony is working as a greenhouse, because it is covered in glass, which is…

CLAVICEPS PURPUREA

I had never seen it before, and there it was, standing right in front of me, looking like a curse from hell as the rye proudly rose from the ground. Even a few students stopped doing their garden work, as they noticed the dark fungi, asking me what it was. It was a perfect moment…