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GLORY DAYS!

What a beautiful time! Most of the flowers blooms simultaneously and yet there’s more to come. Glory days I tell you! In about a month we live in Copenhagen.  A month ago the thought scared me to death, but now it’s more exciting than scary. I don’t belive it’s healthy to stay at one place for too long. We’ve lived 5 years in Kristiansand and now it’s time to let go. I see a rootless life as a good life. Leaving almost all our material goods behind and have a fresh start.

Cosmos double-click rose from seed.

Cucumber we’ve sown.

Cucumber.

Tomatoes from seed.

Wilma tomatoes from seed.

Helenium from last year.

Malva moschata buds.


White peony.

Apple mint and chocolate Mint.

Can’t get enough.

Crop of mixes salad leaves.

Peony.

Spinage in front, and carrot and salad crop.

Delphinium grandiflorum, also known as siberian larkspur.

Carrot crop.

Squash.

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GROWING VEGETABLES AND GARDEN UPDATE

Happy summer to you all!  I’m finally done with my exams and have had a few days off before working fulltime this summer. This means I’m able to blog more, take more pictures and spend more time tending my vegetables and flowers.  Hopefully we will meet some interesting people through couch surfing during the summer, as we have started to host again. A friend gave me some vegetable seeds last week, which grows in a rapid pace. The only downside is that I haven’t labeled them so I can’t tell them apart. From what I remember he gave me squash, spinach, runner beans and broccoli, and a few more. So if you recognize some of the seedlings, I would appreciate if you left me a comment so I can give them the proper care.

I wish I could post some more vintage treasure photos, I have so great finds in my wardrobe. It’s just that I feel so incredibly stupid taking pictures of myself. I just have to swallow my pride, and get to the case. Since we’re moving to Copenhagen in august we need to save money. I will not allow myself  to spend money on clothes, so I have to be creative with what I got.

Peach and purple pansies

Aquilegia vulgaris from last year. All of the perennials have doubled their size except for this one.

Bleeding heart blooming in their final week.

Unfortunately three branches were destroyed by the wind.

Purple pansies have survived the freezing winter.

One of the unidentified seedlings.

Cucumber seedling.

Tomato seedlings.

Runner beans.

Red currant.

Verbena. I saw this morning that it has red flowers too. Thought it only had pale and dark purple flowers.

Radish in the vegetable garden.

As they only need 2-3 cm apart, you can get plenty of radish in a small vegetable bed. I have also 12 in a flower-pot.

Carrot seedlings.

Mixed salad in the vegetable bed. Carrots on both sides.

The herb bed is growing in a rapid pace.

Our paeonia bush is now 140 cm tall.

Robin having a cat-nap under the red currant bush.

The passion-flower we have declared dead over seven times has started to bloom.

EARLY MORNINGS AND SPRINGTIME

An update from my garden. Some flowers have started to bloom, others are still tiny seedlings.

I had to move the greenhouse to a sunnier location after the red currant bush started to bloom an stole all the sun from the greenhouse beside it. The apple and pear tree are blossoming. When I stretch after our morning jogging routine, I look on up on both trees. What a lovely way to start the day.

2nd floor in the greenhouse.

1st floor in the greenhouse.  Different varieties of sweet pea ready to be planted outdoors next week.

We planted the parsley from seeds last spring and it has survived with an average of -5 to -15 ° minus during the winter months. The thyme in front we bought at a garden center last summer. A bit small to have steady access to thyme. Bushy oregano behind it, a couple of years old.

A cutback salvia, helps prevent sore throats and colds during winter.

Robin eating lemon thyme.

The radish seedlings.

Four rows of rucola and four rows of radish, ideal for an early harvest.

Carrot seedlings.

Salad mix seedlings.

The apple mint finally recovering from last falls cutback. The color,texture, scent and taste are so delicate. My favorite mint!

Bleeding hearts in bloom.

Apple blossoms.

Sunny morning.

Wire totally ruins the idyllic scenery.

Pear tree in bloom.

Pear tree close up.

Clematis. A slow bloomer, I have been waiting for the flowers to open since forever.

Robin and Anakin on the couch.

He’s such a doll.

Moving the greenhouse pt.1

Moving the greenhouse pt.2

Moving the greenhouse pt.3

3rd floor in the green house. The rock is necessary so the wind don’t get the light weighted green house.

Robin chilling on the bench.

Pear tree.

Pansies in the rusty tin can. Left it outside over winter, made drainage holes with a nail and a hammer, and you have the cheapest flower-pot of the season!

Some wild daffodil related plant growing wild in the garden.

GROW YOUR OWN: CUCUMBER & SALAD

The cucumber seeds I planted april 27th, is finally showing progress. I have kept them in the greenhouse since day one, but it’s difficult to keep a steady temperature, when it ranges from o° at night to 24° at mid-day outside. The cucumber seed is “burpless tasty green F1 hybrid” and the salad is “herby salad leaf mixed” (a mix with green lettuce, mizuna, salad rocket, greek cress, giant red mustard and chicory puntarelle). With no experience on growing vegetables from seeds, except rucola and radish, I follow the process with zero knowledge but great excitement!

I planted the salad in the vegetable bed I made in a previous post and planted one row between two rows of carrots. I planted them a week ago with plastic film over and secured the edges by digging it under 2″ of soil.

Three tiny cucumber seedlings.

Cucumbers to be.

Salad mix.

Sweet pea ‘chatsworth’ making progress.

Hollyhock ‘appleblossom’.

Sweet pea ‘chatsworth’ and sweet pea ‘appleblossom’,

and cosmos ‘ bipannatus double-click rose bonbon’.

I couldn’t resist a light and dark purple verbena accompanied by dark purple petunia.

Cosmos growing wild, in desperate need of of a bigger pot.

Sweet pea ‘elegant ladies’  and hollyhock ‘peaches ‘n’ dreams’.

GROW YOUR OWN: VEGETABLE OR FLOWER BED

free, fast and eco-friendly vegetable or flower bed

when I’m gardening,  these are my principles: eco-friendly (reduce, reuse, recycle), fun and low-cost.

and this project is all of the above. it’s not even low-cost, it’s free!

most likely you have everything you need in or around your house already.


YOU WILL NEED:

  • a spade
  • a saw
  • drift wood or other wood scraps lying around
  • something to measure with, it can be as simple as a stick.


PLANNING:

find a location in your garden that has the required hours of sun/shade that your plant  need. (just read the packet guidelines.)

measure up where, how big and how deep you want the bed to be. put a stick in every corner of your bed.


EXECUTING:

it’s time get your spade and start digging. start around the edges and move inwards. when you have lifted and turned the soil in the entire bed, you need to remove all the roots and other things you don’t need or want in your bed.

no matter what the original surface are, you need to dig up and turn the soil. also add fertilizer or compost, what ever you use, make sure it’s organic.

the boarders around the bed, can be of any material. for this project I have used old wooden planks.

measure all the sides of your bed and start sawing. one or multiple pieces for each side of the bed.

dig so that the planks fit and support with hard packed soil.

soil is turned. ready to measure the planks.

in the making: bed boarders

done.

I like the rustic look of the wooden planks. it’s a free and natural material, and blends in in most gardens.

made another one. instead of making on big one

I made two small ones, I think smarter to have space to walk and work in between.

I have two varieties of carrots, cucumber and salad leaves

planned for the two beds. both carrots and cucumbers need space, so we might need

to make another one.

every boarder or flower stand in our garden

is made of free and eco-friendly materials.

bed edging for the herbs made of bricks.

entrance to our garden made of bricks and wooden scraps.

you can create patterns of bricks or wood.

one flower bed. a mix of planks and bricks.

this is my favorite flower bed, and the smallest one. I’ve put bicks in a half circle around a beam.

assistant gardener, anakin skywalker.