garden

In the garden most work is now done in the part where vegetables, herbs and fruits are grown. In the past, that kitchen-garden was not very productive. There was almost no time for it. Sometimes a few crops could be harvested, but quite often plants died from water shortage, were overgrown by weeds, or the crops could not be harvested because we were on holiday. Now, there is much more time for the garden, and its productivity rises strongly. Many ingredients for the meals are taken from the garden, especially in the summer, but also in spring and autumn. For the winter a large number of pots of jam remain, and dozens of pumpkins that grow fantastically on the dung-hill.

About half of the area of the 'property' is meadow. It requires almost no maintenance. The grass is kept short by the animals. Occasionally, the fjorden mare Katja, helps with some recurrent activities.

The remaining vegetation could be marked as an ecological garden with many trees and wild plants, like the lungworts and the yellow archangel in the picture above. In the garden one can enjoy the sun, the shade, if preferred under the lee, but also in the wind. There is an old, but still comfortable caravan, that can be used as an extra guest-room.

There are some peculiar plants in the garden. My father collected all kinds of slips and seeds. When he died he left a large number of unclassified small seedlings. It was exciting to look how they developed and to which species they belonged. In some cases it lasted a couple of years before the name could be determined. The plant on the picture below, for instance, is a pineapple lily, originating from South Africa. After some years it still had not got any name and was planted in the garden. Experts were amazed that it survived two cold winters.

 

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