{Garden Life} A Garden Update

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Despite the fact that we’ll be moving in less than two months, our garden is taking on a life of its own. It’s been really dry and warm here the last few days, so we’ve been really thankfully to have so much rainwater stored up. The first couple of barrels are already starting to dry up, but I’m sure there will be more rain eventually.

Mackenzie is getting rather antsy to start picking her own produce again, but it’s still going to be a little while before she’s pulling carrots or picking strawberries. I did let her pull up a carrot last week and it was barely bigger than a pencil, but apparently it still tasted delicious anyway. ;)

At least the strawberries are much closer to be finished! In fact, the first of them are getting the slightest big of red tinge to them already. I don’t know who’s more excited really! Even though I doubt I’ll actually get to taste any of them because Mack will probably eat them all first.

The seedlings I planted have almost all perked up again. But I do wish they’d grow a bit faster. It feels like they’re doing almost nothing at all.

Even the raspberry plants I snagged out of a field are showing some life. I wasn’t sure at all that they would survive after the winter, but they’re definitely coming along. The plan was to move them out of this bed eventually and into the big garden, but in the fall, someone else will be deciding what to do with them instead.

We lost two of the 10 tomato plants that I saved. I have no idea what happened to those two, but we were gone one week, came back and they’d been dug up. I put them back in the ground, but apparently they didn’t appreciate being out of the ground for almost 3 days.  I’m sure that there will still be plenty of tomatoes with only 8 plants anyway.

I can’t remember if I mentioned these already or not, but we finally got all the flowers in the ground too. Watering every day is definitely a priority now with all of these planted.

Since we’re trying to get all of our extra excess stuff packed up in boxes already, we also finally put our wine into bottles and corked them. That also meant that we could get rid of the rest of the empty wine bottles we had standing around. We’re just going to have to drink more wine if we intend to bottle anything else in the future. But I’m sure that won’t be high on our to do list when we first get to Berlin. We ended up with 26 bottles of red wine from our own grape vine. LOVE it!

And we also had enough champagne vinegar to fill 22 bottles. I’ve got to finally sit down one day and write out the recipe for this. It’s really simple and it’s a great way to use up all those random champagne, sekts and proseccos that we get as gifts, but that just don’t take so great on their own (or give you a major headache in the morning). We also were able to fill 2 bottle of homemade apple cider vinegar from our own apples.

So we’ll be taking some really nice, tasty reminders of the farm with us. And we’ve even been playing with the idea of finding a supplier for apples and creating Berlin’s first apple wine label (or so I’m guessing). But we’ll have to see if that actually becomes anything. For now, we have a bunch of our to drink still when the mood strikes!

Want to join in the garden fun and link to your own blog or images online? You can share about anything related to gardening, old or new posts, from recipes to harvesting to grow reports to DIY projects or inspiration.

Here’s how this works:

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  • You are free to join the Garden Life link up at any time. You can also skip a few weeks and then come back. It’s entirely up to you.
  • Please link directly to a post about your garden, a recipe, a tutorial for gardening, an inspirational idea, etc that relates to GARDENING — not your main blog URL.
  • Please only link to your own blog or photos hosted online.
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  1. Rita@Thissortaoldlife says:

    Didn’t see this until today, so a little late commenting. But wanted to say that you’re giving me inspiration. I really know nothing about gardening, but I want to learn. I’d love to grow our own herbs and some vegetables. Not sure how often you do the linking, but I’ll share if I have an appropriate post.

  2. Pork Bier Belly says:

    After reading this blog post, it prompted some questions for me.  Have you seen the american version
    of garlic scapes in Germany?  If so, where do you get them?  And where do you get local honey?  (for me, honey in Nuremberg? There are some vendors that have it but I am not sure how to ask for local) 

    • I have to admit that I had to google what garlic scapes are (which are apparently the curling green tops of garlic plants) but no, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here in Germany. I guess the best bet would be a bauernmarkt — or you could try growing them yourself.

      To find honey “aus der Region”, I would try some of your local farmers’ markets. I’ve always seen at least one stand at both the local Wochenmarkt and in our local Hofladen. A glance at the label should tell you where it’s coming from. Or try google — I found this one small Imkerei in Nürnberg which even sells online: http://www.bienen.c-xl.de

      • Pork Bier Belly says:

         Thanks for the link on local honey. 

        After postting the question about garlic scapes, I went to a local restaurant that had ravioli stuffed with Bärlauch pesto.  I know knoblauch is garlic so I ordered it, following my gut and it was so delicious! I researched it after coming home and learned it’s “wild garlic” or ramps in America.  Although it’s not exactly garlic scapes, it will do.  Now the challenge is to find them at the farmer’s market so I can make something with them at home. 

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