A great thing about our apartment is that just outside the front door we have a good sized garden where we are allowed to do what ever we want, and I just love spending time out there. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I have green thumbs, but I’m having so much fun nursing a wonderful and colorful garden to life.
In early spring our new neighbors (the family living above us) asked if we wanted to plant a vegetable garden with them and I was really exited. However I didn’t know anything about planting a vegetable garden and neither did they, but we decided to just give it a try and see what would happen! I don’t think any of us expected to have the results that are now growing next to our house, and especially not that we would now have so many cucumbers and tomatoes growing that we won’t be able to eat all of them ourselves!:)
This is what it all looked like when we first planted our little plants in the beginning of May. We decided to buy ready grown tomato plants, strawberries, red peppers (paprika) and cucumbers, and then we got 20 little chili plants from our neighbor across the street.
Additionally we bought salad and cucumber seeds, which we planted in cold ice-cream boxes, and these were the first sprouts that came out in the end of May. As the sprouts were about 5-6 cm high, I planted them out in vegetable garden.
And these little fine green straws are hopefully going to chives (gressløk / Schnittlauch). I seem to be the only one what has any belief in them, but I’m not willing to let them go just yet!
This is what the vegetable garden looks like today! It’s like it just won’t stop growing! I think it’s growing so well partly thanks to the great soil that we have here, it’s kind of heavy clay soil, so it doesn’t really ever dry out. But we do also owe a big thanks to my darling boyfriend, who’s been very very good at water every evening, and then of course we have to be very thankful for our great climate. We have had such wonderful and warm weather, but at the same time we get enough rainy days to keep everything green.
In the picture you see from the front to the back; salad, cucumbers, chills, strawberries, tomatoes and along the side on the right side, you can see the little start of what will be carrots.
This big monster of a plant mix is our tomatoes. When we bought them they were so small and we had no idea how big they would get, so we planted them way too close to each other. But it seems like the 6 tomatoes plants that are standing here doesn’t seem to mind standing so close to each other, because they are all full of tomatoes.
These are the normal tomatoes, which are still waiting for a few more sunny days before they will start to get red.
Cherry tomatoes and it looks like they will be the first once we will get to try!
But we don’t only have tomatoes, we have a great little forest of cucumber too! They were called mini cucumbers, but I have to say that there’s nothing mini about them!
All these little yellow flowers will end up bing cucumbers! So we have a lot of cucumbers coming out way! And these are all from the seeds that we planted our selves.
The strawberry plants has also been surprising us, because they don’t only grow strawberries, they also grow with these long new arms, which again plants new little strawberry plants! So the original 5 strawberry plants are now joined by a many many little new plants.
The strawberries are growing pretty fast, but not fast enough for any of the grow-up’s around here to try one! The 4 year old son of our neighbors has been faster than any of us to pick and find the ripe ones, but he does say that they taste very sweet!:)
To grow salad also turned out to be really easy! From those little sprouts we got in the ice-boxes, we now have a over load of ready to eat salad. And the great thing is that the salad seems to start growing all over again once you cut the first part off. So we will have salad for us and the rest of the street for the rest of the summer!
I wanted to show the chili’s too, because they are so pretty! We have been told you can eat them now while they are green too, but they will be red when they are ripe. But they are supposed to be really hot chili’s, so I’m not sure which one of us will be the one to test how they taste!:)
Here’s one chili that’s starting to get red!
And here are the chives too! I ended up planting it over in it’s own little pot and it seems to be very happy in there!
These two 1000 liter tanks of rain water have been great help to keep our garden growing. All the rain the ends up on the roof of the house we live in and of the neighbors, is led by gutters down and into these big tanks. An not only does this lower our cost of water in the summer, but of course it’s also a great thing that we can all do for the environment!
And now the sun finally came out again here, so I will end this blog with a pretty picture of cucumbers I just got from some very nice neighbors that live across the street!
Hope you guys got inspired to make our own little vegetable gardens!