So what happened in our citygarden the past two months... a lot has changed since last time.
Everything that was sowed inside was repotted many times, so that tiny plants would'nt grow to much at once and get sturdy roots. I repotted my tomatoes 4 times and only placed them outside when they showed flowers. It makes me so happy to see those first tiny tomatoes. We planted 10 types and got 17 plants in total. We got some salad, strawberries, mint, eggplant, paprika, artichoke, lemon cucumber (I got from Claudia, thank you yet again!) and many herbs. I even harvested my first radishes a view weeks ago and they tasted delicious and can't wait to try out more.
Hi! How are you? Again it has been such a long time. I've been busy with our roofgarden (more about that later) and with a new fabric design.
I'm a big fan of screenprinting since I tried it a couple of times at school and last year at the academie. But never did dare to undertake this procces on my own. Oh well, life is about taking risks and challanges... after a lot of hesitation last weekend, I turned our bathroom into a darkroom and our kitchen into a printing place.
The illustration design is inspired by old knitting patterns and printed on linen. I'm pretty exited about this and trying out some designs that will show up in the shop at the beginning of June.
At other places:
• You can find a -15% coupon in this weeks Flow Weekly for the shop (sorry, Dutch readers only).
• I went to the inspiring exhibition of Carll Cneut.
• Knitting lost of tiny projects in between. I'm on Ravelry, you can follow me there if you want.
• Enjoying and getting inspired trough the Woolfull podcast while knitting.
• Happy mail days / plant swaps this week here!
The one thing I miss with living in the city is that I don't own a garden. I grew up with a big flower and vegetable garden at my parents and with grandparents who live all year around from their own vegetables and fruit. So although I grew up with love for green I didn't like that we ate salad all summer, every day. But living in the city and being dependend of the food that grocery stores are selling kinda makes me think about everything. Especially when you see some apples in the store that are so shiny they almost look like plastic.
Last year I started my first experiment with growing vegies on a tiny tiny flat roof, 1 foot square to be exact. With as a result many tomatoes and different kinds of salads. This year I want to take it a small step further and share with you my proces. I want to show how I start growing my own food to proof that it is possible to build/plant a small garden in the middle of the city, to avoid toxic pesticides, eat healthier, with more taste and ofcourse for the pleasure of it.
Oh and please, be free to start a conversation about it here. I would love to hear your thought about this and what you are growing.
In pictures: Many sprouts I sowed last month, tiny tomatoes which were souvenirs from our trip to Berlin, basil, I used selfmade and recycled pots for sowing, my tiny tiny rooftop which hopefully turn into a green paradise.
The lucky plant- lovers are: Judith, anonymous / Telma, Sylv and nina m. Congratulations, I will send you soon an email with all the information.
To all of you who participated, thank you very much. I wish I could swap something with all of you but since I'm making this a yearly tradition you will have a second chance next year.
The plant swap is back! Now that Spring has arrived and the sun is shining, it tickles again to swap some plants with you. Just like a year ago, I will swap plants with 4 for of you. Have a look at some swaps from last year.
We will play it a little different this time so I can give everybody a chance to join. You'll send me some plant seeds to sow, maybe cuttings or something othe plant-related. I send you other seeds, cuttings or something similar in return after I received yours. It will be a surprise and it will be fun!
4 persons can join, leave a comment in the comment section with a valid email so I can contact you and we can swap addresses. I will draw 4 names next Monday (13/04/2015) and will anounce you plant-lovers who will join.
Swap is closed!