Our garden


This year was our first year of produce. We bought a small summerhouse where we grow our vegetables. We grew radishes, carrots, spinach, spring onions, kohlrabi, cucumbers, zucchinis, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos and pumpkins. Unfortunately this summer was too cold and the broccoli and cauliflower didn’t grow right. Our neighbors couldn’t harvest any either.

our broccoli

But we have so so many zucchinis. Any idea what to make with them? I am thinking of pickling them once I bought some jars. I already pickled our cucumbers and this weekend we can finally open the first jar. This was the first time I’ve ever pickled / canned something. And it is fun. 🙂 I am also planning on pickling some carrots.

The plants in the greenhouse didn’t turn out too well. We put the plants way too close to each other so we only have a few tomatoes and peppers that will hopefully turn red soon. The jalapenos are doing great though and soon they’ll all be ready to be harvested.

And I love that we have grapes.

Since it is my goal to be as self sufficient as possible at some point this whole garden is for practicing until we have a big enough property and of course it is also good to grow your own vegetables because you can be sure that there is no poison on them. One thing that we wanted to try is getting our own seeds. This means that we had to “waste” a small spot where we could just let – in our case- a few radishes grow. We didn’t expect it to turn out like it did though:

It seems like we will have a lot of radish seeds once we dried the beans and take them out. We would like to get our own seeds from all the plants but we don’t have enough space and couldn’t grow everything we wanted anymore. For example we planted the zucchinis where the radishes were before so we kind of use some spots twice in the same year.

Once I harvested the last zucchinis and carrots we will start to prepare the garden for the winter. We had somebody come over and test our soil and he said that it has too little nutrients. So we will grow some mustard over the fall and then dig that under. It is supposed to be very good for the soil.

I am already excited to try new vegetables next year!


3 thoughts on “Our garden

  1. I love this post. Very interesting about growing the mustard to put nutrients back in to the soil. I am reading a book right now by an Austrian farmer and he lists plants that add nutrients back into the soil and that you should grow them and just let them die off like you are doing. I am jealous of your garden and your grapes! I have a grape vine but it never gives fruit. I have no idea how to force it to make grapes! What is the first photo of?

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