Archive for the ‘Tuin/Garden’ Category


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The garden, update: late summer


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The garden

With an all-out attack on slugs our garden is doing quite well, even after a vacation of 10 days and little rain. The only thing really new is that I’ve torn up the flower bed devoted to insects: it had been taken over by weeds. We’ve turned it into a bed of buckwheat.


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The Garden: beter early than never

I don’t have a whole lot of time to explain specifics at the moment. The garden is doing well in spite of the poor weather, probably due to Papa Ray. plastic covers, starting plants indoors, and the plants that survived the winter. Take a look. I’ll supply meaningful captions some other day, I hope.


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Our Winter Garden

We’re still harvesting salad greens, kale and leeks from the garden. And onions, garlic and carrots for next year are already in the ground and showing their little green heads. It’s quite usual to plant garlic the autumn before the year of harvest. But onions and carrots a winter in advance is new for me. […]


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The Balcony, etc.

Since August 15 I’ve been sowing seeds indoors in seed blocks (as they’re called) and outdoors for the winter. Spinach, kale, mitsuna and carrots: we’re going to be eating them from the garden this winter. And in the meantime, the Big Smile sunflowers on the balcony are in bloom. Occasionally life is beautiful.


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Meanwhile back on the farm…

I’m working hard. Of course, you can’t see me here, because I took these pictures myself. The garden was started under plastic foil. Around the time the weather finally chaged for the better, I took the foil off. Sales are doing fine, though I won’t get rich from them. I have to find out how […]


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Come into my garden…

I’m making use of plastic “floating covers.” I just harvested the first radishes, arugula and salad mix (from Johnnysseeds). The first radishes went to a neighbor.


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Our hobbies (pump up the volume)

You heard it here first. We’ve got a Soviet 5-year plan that’s gonna last at least 15 years. It consists of the following: Pump up the garden and sell the surplus to the neighbors Pump up ourselves and sell our souls to a different employer Pump up our house, or move, and create a B&B; […]


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Wring out the clothes, wring in the dew!

We’ve been rereading J.J. lately (Ulysses), thinking of vacationing in Ireland in September with Pat and Mike. But this photo deserves a paraphrase of a book by Heinrich Böll. We reconnected with colleagues from Zeist, today, after my mother’s burial. And worked in the garden. You gotta start somewhere. (I wish I had been an […]


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I’m in the Mood

Sunday was a nice surprise: I was in a good mood! I’m sure the nice weather and working in the garden again for the first time had something to do with it. Even work is picking up; after having switched echocardiography teachers again, maybe this time I found one I can cross the finish line […]