Sunday, 6 March 2011

Kitchen garden dream

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We bought and moved into our new house last october. We used to rent a tiny flat in the city, and when I say tiny, I mean TINY. Myself, hubby, and munchkin shared a one-bedroom flat measuring 38m2. So, yes, NOT much space. It was definitely time to be looking for something bigger. But, real estate is pricey – big time! In the city, we wouldn’t be able to afford much more than 50m2, which although was bigger than what we got, wouldn’t really cut it. But then we started looking in the town where I grew up, and DANG, what a price difference!

We ended up buying a row house 10 minutes walk from the city center, and we loved it! It is spacious, with 130m2, two living rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and wait or it… oh yeah, a 32m2 terrace!!! Unfortunately, we moved in so late in the year so we didn’t really get to use the terrace at all before winter came along, but we are so so so excited about this spring and summer. After having lived in an apartment in the city with no balcony, thus having to lug blanket, food, baby, trolley, drinks, sunhats to the park every time we wanted to enjoy some sun outdoors, having such a large outdoor area, which is all ours, on our doorstep, will be such a joy!

utemoblerI have already spent way to much money on buying fancy garden furniture, which we are waiting for in anticipation. Our terrace is still covered in snow, but hopefully all the snow will be gone by april, which is when the furniture is supposed to be delivered.


So, also in anticipation of a summer on the terrace, I decided to buy seeds of various kinds to grow. Yup! After having read up on what can and cannot be cultivated on a terrace in pots, I decided on the following plants (which I purchased from eBay – got to love that site):

  • Roma tomatoes
  • Harbinger tomatoes
  • Alpine strawberries
  • Two types of spring onions
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Basil
  • Capsicum
  • Giant sunflowers (for munchkin, I swear)
  • And various flowers

So here they are. The green in the front is a couple of garlics that had already started their life in the fridge unintentionally (by me, not by them I suspect). The first row is garlic, the second is capsicum, then roma tomatoes, fourth one is Harbinger tomatoes, and the last one is some basil and coriander. The blue box in the back is strawberries, and the tree clay pots at the back has oregano, more basil, and more coriander.

Now, it’s time to wait…

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